There are a number of causes and various types of the condition, some of which may include the following:
This may be a result of a traumatic bone collapse, osteoporosis (thinning and weakening bones), or from a prior back surgery (usually major).
A condition due to a bone irregularity at birth.
The most common kind is the idiopathic type, which has no real identifiable cause in general. Although there are a number of theories, none have ever been found to be 100 percent conclusive. However, there is strong evidence that it’s probably inherited.
This is the result of irregular nerves or muscles. The neuromuscular type is often seen in individuals with cerebral palsy or spina bifida or in those people with different disorders that come with, or sometimes result in, subsequent paralysis.
Who Gets it?
Nearly 2-3 percent of all Americans have scoliosis by the time they reach 16 years of age. Less than 0.1 percent of those have spinal curves that measure over 40 degrees in all, which is the tipping point to start considering surgery. In general, girls have a higher tendency than boys to be affected. The idiopathic type is often the condition among the adolescence, which impacts young people 10 years of age through 16. It can advance during their ‘growth spurt’ period, but typically doesn’t progress in adulthood.
Most children diagnosed with the condition don’t require any treatment since it often naturally resolves as the child keeps growing. For those who do need treatment a back brace is often prescribed and is usually quite effective, while a very small percentage do in fact need surgery. If the condition is left untreated, it can lead to severe lung, heart, pelvis, chest, and spine damage overall.
Most curves due to the condition are initially noticed in basic school screening tests, by a family doctor, the child’s pediatrician, or sometimes by a parent. A few signs may be an uneven waist, a prominent shoulder blade, or uneven shoulders.
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