by Stephen Patti, DC
The spine has normal curves, and it sometimes can have abnormal curves. Here’s a little information about an abnormal curvature condition that can take place… scoliosis.
No, not the kind of curves you’re thinking of. I’m talking about the curves of your spine!
When looking at a “normal” spine from the back, you should notice that it is straight and each vertebra is nicely stacked on top of one another. When the spine begins to deviate significantly towards one side or the other, it is known as a condition called scoliosis.
Scoliosis is defined as the abnormal lateral curvature of the spine and affects about 2% of Americans (some cases more severe than others). This condition can lead to poor biomechanics not just in the spine, but throughout the entire body. It can also cause unwanted, persistent pain and discomfort that is not particularly fun to deal with.
As someone who suffers from this condition myself, I am here to help you recognize the signs and symptoms that are commonly seen with scoliosis. These include (but are not limited to):
- Uneven shoulders and/or hips
- Twisted torso or ribcage
- A bump/hump on one side of the back
- Trouble standing straight up
- Leaning toward one side
- Different leg lengths
- Dull ache around the spine
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath even when no physical activity is being done
- Numbness, weakness, or pain in the legs
If you suspect that you or a child of yours has scoliosis it is important to seek help from a professional who deals with this condition.
For more information on scoliosis click here!
Although this blog is about recognizing the symptoms of scoliosis and not necessarily treating it, here is a link that might help you with some of the associated symptoms.