Understanding and treating Scoliosis for a better life however difficult that might be
When we are referring to health problems, they vary from one person to the other even if the disease they are talking about is one. Take for example the varying cases of Scoliosis patients. This disease affects the spinal cord in worst possible way, deforming it in the shape of “S” and “C”, when seen from side view of an X-ray scan. The disease is detected in varying age groups sometimes, as a symptom to some other disease pertaining to nervous system. Causes in some of the cases are yet unclear despite many theories have been proposed on the subject. The disease has been classified into many types but the result of all the types is just the same, scoliosis pain. Understanding the disease is the first step to a better management of life with this disease. Classification Scoliosis is broadly classified as congenital, idiopathic and neuromuscular. The first type represents the vertebral problems present since birth. The idiopathic represents a sub classification according to the age the patient is in, starting from infant to adult scoliosis, including juvenile and adolescent as well. The third type, neuromuscular, is when one is having this disease as a symptom to any other heath condition like physical trauma, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, etc. Adult Scoliosis Among all the classifications that are told above, the idiopathic scoliosis (found in adults)is the most common, although found harmless physiologically. It is generally detected as a progressive disease that reaches into adulthood from being just a child scoliosis, when no necessary concern is given to it during this stage. When progressed in to that stage, it can give you scoliosis pain in back as well as lower limbs leading to the extent of disability in the later years of your adulthood. Scoliosis Diagnosis and Treatment Diagnosing the disease in the early stage is the first and most important step to scoliosis treatment. There are various techniques that are used to diagnose the deformity at various stages. They include Adam’s Forward Bend Test, use of scoliometer and study other symptoms that may indicate towards neuromuscular diseases, Side views scan by X-Rays, MRI Scan and genetic testing that has become popular recently. The treatment methods include Physiotherapy (most popularly Schroth method) and Occupational Therapy to improve on doing day to day activities as well as certain recreational activities as normally as possible with the disease with the inclusion of certain techniques. If the situation worsens, bracing is recommended as to not the curve increase. Casting is another method to for the same purpose. In cases beyond recovery a spine surgery is suggested to improve the curve. There are complexities and there are risks attached where surgical option is considered, but it might be all the more necessary for a better life without pain and better quality of life.
Scoliosis treatment available at New York Physical Therapy Center - Esprit Wellness. Other services offered are Active Release Techniques, Acupressure Massage, Spinal Decompression, Weight loss and nutrition advice etc.
Published on Aug 31, 2012
Published on Aug 31, 2012
The disease has been classified into many types but the result of all the types is just the same, scoliosis pain. Understanding the disease...