When Do People Get Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a dangerous spine mutation which is, thankfully, easy to recognize by doctors and patients alike. It is very noticeable because your spine would be curved out of shape. It would curve side to side like an S or curve front to back like a C. Though genetics are probably the only thing at fault, it can be something you are born with, develop, or get as a side effect of another disease.
Most frequently, it is just an unfortunate occurrence when a child goes into adulthood. The quick growth of children and their rapidly changing physiology are often to blame for sparkling whatever buried cause of Scoliosis there is. Kids, especially, must be checked at least once per year for this condition.
Girls are the ones mostly affected and it usually either happens for the first time or worsens during puberty. Once a person reaches full growth, it is unlikely that Scoliosis will develop at all or will get much worse. That is why it is important you check regularly–because it can occur at any age, however unlikely.
It is especially important that you check your children to make sure none of their growth will be impeded. This condition can put a lot of strain on the lungs and heart, leading to other problems entirely. Some people are unable to move well and become more physically deformed the longer they let the condition go without medical attention.
These deformities can include lopsided breasts in women, uneven legs or hips due to the skewed spine (leading to walking problems), or bones of the rib cage jutting out. It is something you should especially watch for if you have another bone, muscle, or nerve conditions like cerebral palsy, hernias, or spinal muscular atrophy.
The common exam given requires patients to bend forward like he or she was going to touch their toes. Sometimes the shirt will need to be removed if there is any question. You will easily be able to see if the spine is straight or not going side to side. If it is a front to back curvature, the bumps should be noticeable. X-rays can further explain any questions or concerning bumps.
If there is a problem, there are two things to be done. The first and most common is wearing a brace. Since it is easily caught and most often happens during puberty, this is the best option for people. The brace will hold your back straight so it can grow properly. It will not do very much for a grown person, though. The brace is only to be used if you still have growing to do. It if you let your back get out of control as an adult, surgery is the only option.