Scoliosis is characterized by lateral curves of the spine

Scoliosis is a condition characterized by lateral curvature of the spine. The most common type of scoliosis is the type seen in adolescent girls referred to as ideopathic scoliosis. The cause of this type of scoliosis is unknown.

There are essentially 2 types of scoliosis:

    Structural scoliosis
    Non-structural scoliosis

Non-structural scoliosis is characterized by a normal spine with temporary changes in spinal alignment. These types of scoliosis are caused by leg length differences and muscle spasm.

Structural scoliosis is characterized by fixed curves in the spine. These types of scoliosis are caused by birth defects, rheumatoid diseases, and spinal injury to name a few.

Here are a few interesting articles and videos related to scoliosis.

Scoliosis Affecting Older Population

More worrying to me than the current tussle over treatments is the apparent uptick in scoliosis in developed countries that correlates nicely with increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Studies in healthy adults have proven that the sitting position causes the greatest increase in disc pressure, part of the wear and tear leading to the “degenerative disc disease” present in just about everyone by middle age. I’m concerned that the rate of adult scoliosis will speed up even further thanks to childhoods spent hunched over in front of video games and adulthoods spent hunched over in front of computers. We should do more of our daily work standing and moving about – something I currently get no shortage of, pacing up and down the hospital wards. I’m frustrated to hear about employers who won’t accommodate the human body, especially when I know Medicare might end up paying for $100,000 worth of spine fusion surgery, weight loss surgery and diabetic complications that could conceivably be prevented, to the best of our knowledge, by simple solutions like the treadmill desk. TrekDesk is one of the many commercial outfits exploiting James Levine’s work at Mayo Clinic, where he is meticulously proving what we already know intuitively: humans weren’t meant to sit on our butts all day. Myself, I agree with Lyndon Johnson’s attitude that if you can get work done in the pool, why not?
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Exercises For Scoliosis

Presented here are a couple of scoliosis exercises that are easy to do and effective if performed consistently.

Scoliosis Exercise by SpineHarmony

Recommendations for this exercise: Do NOT perform in case of cervical kyphosis, Do NOT perform in case of flat-back, Do NOT perform in case of a lumbosacral curve,Do NOT perform in case of previous surgery, Do NOT perform in case of slipped vertebrae

Simple Scoliosis Exercise by SpineHarmony

Recommendations for this exercise Perform ONLY in case of lumbar lateral curve Do NOT perform in case of lumbosacral lateral curve

Surgical Treatment of Scoliosis

In severe cases of scoliosis where the curvature of the spine is extreme, surgical intervention may be recommended.

Posterior Spinal Instrumentation & Fusion for Idiopathic Scoliosis

Posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion for idiopathic scoliosis, performed by Dr. Peter O. Newton at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Dr. Newton is a member of the Harms Study Group ( which is a collaborative cohort…

Scoliosis Prevention

Of course, by far and away, early recognition and prevention is the key to effective scoliosis treatment.

School Scoliosis Screenings

The key to preventing a scoliosis from progressing into a very obvious deformity is to detect it as early as you can. You can assess your child yourself, as long as you understand the basics. You should definitely ask your

Publish Date: 09/08/2011 17:56

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