Defined as a lateral bending and or rotary deformation of the spine. It is a fairly common condition. Therefore, is considered to be normal to have a small right scoliosis around the heart. There are two main types of scoliosis. Namely, Functional and Structural. Both will be discussed later in the article. Normally females are at higher risk to males with a 6:1 ratio. It affects 1 in 200 people.
Functional scoliosis is a non-structural, non-rigid lateral deviation. It can be from a leg length inequality, anatomical asymmetry, muscular imbalance. Furthermore, it can be corrected by stretching, strengthening, joint manipulation and postural retraining.
Structural scoliosis is normally anatomical, and rigid. It usually requires bracing or surgery in severe cases. Usually, it is picked up in the adolescent and 90% of the cases it is genetics. There are a whole array of other conditions that can cause structural scoliosis
Usually, there can be a couple of ways of treating a patient with scoliosis. Up to 25 degrees, one can be treated conservatively. Thus, the do not need a brace. From 25-50 degrees conservative treatment can still apply. But, bracing will be strongly recommended to prevent the condition from worsening. Moreover, more than 50 degrees it is strongly recommended to have surgery. Conservative treatment includes the following. Namely,massage therapy, spinal adjustments, relax/stretch muscles on the concave side. As well as to strengthen muscles on the convex side.
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