Growing up Scoliosis was the specter of our childhood years, spoken about by our teachers, parents, and physicians alike. Most of us went through a mass-screening process without fully understanding the importance of this examination. Scoliosis is a condition that presents with the spine becoming twisted abnormally, curving to one side or rotating on its axis. In most instances the type of scoliosis that is discovered is known as idiopathic scoliosis, presenting without a cause that can be determined.
Idiopathic scoliosis is a congenital disease, meaning that it is a condition that occurs as part of the genetic heritage, so it runs in families. The specific set of genetic sequences that result in scoliosis have yet to be discovered, and the overall cause for even idiopathic scoliosis may be more involved. However, what can be said with certainty is that neither sleeping on your side nor carrying heavy book bags are culprits. Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin has been serving the Las Vegas community for years at the Khavkin Clinic, and is ready to see you today.
Three Types of Idiopathic Scoliosis
There are three individual classifications of scoliosis, each of which is indicated by a specific age in which it makes itself apparent:
- Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis: This form presents in patients less than 3 months of age.
- Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis: In patients between 4 and 9, this form is indicated.
- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: In patients between 10 and 18 years, this form is indicated.
The vast majority, nearly 80%, of all idiopathic scoliosis cases, occur in those ages 10 to 18 years. This is largely a result of the adolescent years being one of rapid physical development. This is why we went through the exam that took place at those ages, scoliosis found during this period can often be treated. Unfortunately, there are also typically no immediately visible symptoms to indicate its presence. In the event that it goes without a diagnosis, it will become more severe over time.
Idiopathic Scoliosis Curve Types
There are a few different types of scoliosis that occur, each defined by the direction of the curve. The most common form is dextroscoliosis, recognizable by the characteristic bending of the spine to the right side in a sort of backward C shape. In the event, the curve goes left it’s known as levoscoliosis. Other forms of curvature exist, but these two stand apart as the most common.
1. What Is Involved In The Treatment Of Scoliosis?
If the curve of the spine is less than 25 degrees your physician will typically continue observation to ensure it doesn’t become more severe, with an appointment every few months. In the event, it becomes more severe than this the patient will receive a back brace to help prevent the curve from becoming more severe.
2. What Symptoms Indicate Scoliosis?
The most common symptoms of scoliosis are subtle, most often indicated by clothing that doesn’t fit correctly or hands unevenly on the patient. If the condition has progressed far enough it can be identified by a noticeable curvature of the spine, most often noticed during periods where the patient is bathing or changing. Further on the curve will become noticeable by even casual observers.