Scoliosis In Adults And Scoliosis In Children

Scoliosis in adults is not all that different from scoliosis in children, at least not in the way they affect the body of the sufferer. However, scoliosis in children is much more common than scoliosis in adults, unless said adults have carried their disease from their childhood all the way to adulthood. This seemingly bizarre preference for younger persons has a perfectly logical and sound explanation: children’s bones are not fully formed yet, which makes them easier to bend and mold into the shape that the disease wants to and not into their normal shape.

Of course, parents will notice if anything is wrong with their children and take them to see a specialist. Once the diagnosis is established (all it takes is one physical consult and an X-ray), the treatment can begin. Both for scoliosis in adults and scoliosis in children, the treatment scheme does not guarantee complete straightening of the spine. However, most children take better to the methods of treatment than the adults, establishing a much better success rate.

The danger posed by scoliosis in adults that have not had this disease while they were children are far greater than for those that simply have not treated it in due time. For example, if a women over fifty is diagnosed with scoliosis (particularly with lumbar scoliosis), this could be a sign of a much more serious disease, like osteoporosis. Also, if the curvature of the spine is on the upper back, there could be serious problems with the ribcage, which leads to issues with the cardiac and pulmonary systems. Usually, scoliosis in adults is an idiopathic disease, showing up unexpectedly, with no reason at all and no means of preventing it or preparing for it.

Sometimes, the reasons behind said scoliosis in adults are rather unusual (such as an accident that has damaged one leg and causes the victim to limp), but in general they are pretty mundane: bad posture, sitting in a chair all day, having a desk job, no time to relax, stressful family life are all reasons why a person could develop scoliosis while being an adult.

If the cause is genetic and your scoliosis shows up after you exit your teenage years, then your case is rather strange, but not unique. There are several motives for which the scoliosis did not manifest until then, the worse being that you suffered from some other type of disease that suppressed the bending. Of course, it could be just plain, old bad luck. Why bad luck? Well, because scoliosis in children is much easier to treat and actually heal than scoliosis in adults.

Scoliosis in adults and scoliosis in children: ways to fix it:

The treatment for scoliosis, both in adults and in children is not all that different. Like it has been mentioned before, the effect it has on the body does not depend on the age group the patient belongs to. The first step is the getting the correct diagnosis out of the way. After that, the treatment usually begins with a period of observation, continues with some braces (they help keep the body in the correct posture all the time, without the patient having to constantly remind themselves to stay like that) and some scoliosis exercises (consider them physical therapy: they help unclench your muscles and reduce the angle of the bend of your backbone). In some rather extreme cases, the only thing that can be done is to perform surgery on the patient.

After all of this is said and done, keep in mind the following:

  • Do not move suddenly.
  • Do not bend your back at unnatural angles.
  • Do not lift heavy weights.
  • Do not run for long distances.
  • Do not swim for long distances or against the current.
  • If you have a desk job, try to get up and walk a few meters every couple of hours. It will keep your muscles from cramping.

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