Scoliosis, along with kyphosis and lordosis, is one of the spinal disorders that consists of an exaggerated curve of the spine – in this case a lateral exaggeration of the spinal curvature.
It may vary in severity, ranging from mild scoliosis to severe exaggeration of the spinal curvature.
Types of Scoliosis
This spinal disorder can be split into multiple categories, or types, based on the factor that triggers each one of them, as well as distinctive symptoms. Common types of scoliosis include:
- Congenital scoliosis – that appears due to birth defects
- Neuromuscular – this type tends to develop due to issues such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – or simply called idiopathic scoliosis, has an unknown cause of onset
- Degenerative scoliosis – appears in adulthood, and is also referred to as late onset scoliosis, or adult scoliosis
Some of the most common causes of scoliosis include:
- Birth defects due to incorrect growth of the spine in the womb
- Hereditary factors – some studies suggest that this disorder runs in families, although this affects only a small number of cases of scoliosis patients
- Spinal injuries that may affect the shape of the spinal column
- Aging, as well as degeneration of bone quality over time may facilitate late onset scoliosis
People with scoliosis, especially those who have milder forms of the disorder, don’t always experience symptoms, and the disease itself may sometimes go unnoticed for long periods of time.
However, in some sufferers, scoliosis symptoms may include some of the following:
- Visible spinal deformity, where the spinal column is arched sideways in an abnormal manner
- Along with that, there may be an imbalance in the person’s alignment of the shoulders, hips or legs
- Muscle imbalance, where one side of the back has more developed muscles than the other
- Back or neck pain
Does scoliosis get worse with age?
Scoliosis is prone to aggravating with the passage of time, especially if it is left untreated. The progression of this condition can happen at any age. In other words, it doesn’t affect only children and teenagers who are still going through growth spurts, but rather it can still worsen in adulthood and even old age.
The speed of the disease’s progression depends on a variety of factors, one of the greater ones being the degree of the abnormal curvature. At the same time, the longer this condition is left untreated, the more chances it can lead to complications and aggravation of already existing symptoms, including the curve progress.
Treatments for scoliosis depend mostly on the severity of the spinal curvature caused by the disease.
For mild forms of scoliosis, it may be enough to practice specific exercises in order to improve the symptoms (especially the pain).
Higher degrees of severity may require that the person wears a brace to support their back and prevent the curvature from worsening.
Although surgery for scoliosis is an option to correct the deformity, it should only be used as a last resort to treat this issue. Oftentimes, the aftermath of such surgical interventions may create more problems than the patient started with in the first place.
Alternatively, you may want to try an orthopaedic device to alleviate the pain, such as the Backrack.
What is the Backrack Technology?
The Spinal Backrack is a unique and innovative device that provides back pain relief for scoliosis sufferers. It massages your spine through easy exercises that use your own body weight in order to alleviate your pain.
It is a patented class I medical device, which means that it is very safe to use at home, without any supervision.
And the best part is that it is absolutely free of side-effects, as it is 100% natural.
The Backrack has been designed with people like you in mind, to give you the best possible comfort and results, removing the effects of spinal compression – which is one of the leading causes of back pain. Thousands of people have already seen its benefits, so why not be one of them?