What is scoliosis? Where does it come from?

Scoliosis is the abnormal deviation of the back to one side observed from behind. Typically we find scoliosis in the mid-section of the spine, also known as the dorsal region, and although everything starts with a single curve, it is common to find other curvatures that develop later in an attempt for the body to compensate. Typically we speak of “C” or “S” scoliosis, according to its shape seen from behind.

There are many classifications for scoliosis, but the most common method is according to its cause, in this sense the American Association of Neurological Surgeons “AANS” considers that the different types of scoliosis can be classified into:

  • Congenital: results from a defect in the spine at birth, usually detected before those of an idiopathic nature.
  • Idiopathic: the most common form of scoliosis. It is estimated that 80% of cases are of unknown cause or that there are no determining factors that cause or develop scoliosis. It is subclassified in children and adolescents.
  • Neuromuscular or myopathic: associated with disorders of the nervous system or muscle, develops as a result of these, for example in children or adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy…

How does it affect me?

Scoliosis causes some deformation of associated structures, such as vertebrae, ribs, ligaments and intervertebral discs. For example, it is usually the case that in the inner part of the curve the vertebral foramen narrow and can compress the nerve roots and cause sciatic pain; The biggest problem is the associated chronic pain, which can be constant or intermittent. In adults, degeneration that develops due to the changes caused by scoliosis, is another risk factor involved.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One scapula protrudes above the other.
  • Uneven waist.
  • Hip rotation or disbalance.
  • Uneven rib case.
  • Muscular pain or strain.

What can we do for you?

  • Stop or decrease the evolution of the curve.
  • Reduce and stabilize the curvature.
  • Improve function and aesthetics.
  • Reduce pain and discomfort caused by scoliosis.
  • Correct the postural anomalies and reinforce the trunk musculature.

At Activate we give you the guidelines and the exercises so you can enjoy a normal life. Our focus is on teaching you to coexist with scoliosis and give you the necessary tools so that you can understand the pathology and act in case of episodes of pain.

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