What is Scoliosis?

What is Scoliosis?

Everybody seems to be wondering why am I leaning left. And I have no idea why, so y parents send to the hospital for an X-ray. This is my first X-ray ever! After the X-ray is done, the doctor said a have a problem called Scoliosis.

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually “S”- or “C”-shaped. In some the degree of curve is stable, while in others it increases over time. Mild scoliosis does not typically cause problems, while severe cases can interfere with breathing. Pain is typically not present.

The cause of most cases is unknown but believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include other affected family members. It can also occur due to another condition such as muscles spasmscerebral palsyMarfan syndrome, and tumors such as neurofibromatosis. Diagnosis is confirmed with plain X-raysScoliosis is typically classified as either structural in which the curve is fixed or functional in which the underlying spine is normal.

Treatment depends on the degree of curve, location, and cause. Minor curves may simply be watched periodically. Treatments may include bracing or surgery. The brace must be fitted to the person and used daily until growing stops. There is a lack of evidence that chiropractic manipulation, dietary supplements or exercises can prevent the condition worsening. However, exercise is still recommended due to its other health benefits.

Scoliosis occurs in about 3% of people (I thought it was common). It most commonly occurs between the ages of ten and twenty. Girls typically are more severely affected than boys.

Let’s look at my X-ray results:

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As you could see at the red arrow, my spine is already leaning.

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Hope you enjoyed the post.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoliosis

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10 Responses to What is Scoliosis?

  1. weggieboy says:

    Hope you can deal with it without a brace! This is a typically informative post, though in the short time I’ve followed you, it’s exactly what I would expect from you. Well done, Dan!

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    • Thank you so much for the nice comment! The only thing I could do to slow it down is to exercise my back to make the muscles push the spine to make it straight. One way to fix it is to have surgery (I prefer to exercise).

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  2. Robyn Haynes says:

    Dan thank you for the informative post. I would, however, like to know how you feel about the diagnosis.

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  3. You are very optimistic, stay that way. I like what Robyn said…proactive!

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