by Ashley Fontenot Hornsby
Scoliosis is a condition affecting the spine that causes it to bend sideways and twist from its normal, straight path. It affects 2-3% of the population, so chances are that you or someone you know have been diagnosed with it.
While scoliosis can be caused by certain medical conditions, the most common type is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This type of scoliosis develops while the spine is still growing, with a diagnosis typically being made between the ages of 10 and 15 years.
Some of the signs you may notice that warrant further medical examination include:
Other symptoms can include pain, weakness, and difficulty in movement. A physician can confirm a diagnosis using an X-ray and determine the severity of the curvature.
Most children diagnosed with scoliosis have mild curves and will not require bracing or surgery, which may be necessary in more severe cases. Exercise can be an effective treatment strategy to improve pain, strength, and mobility in individuals with scoliosis.
General exercise and participation in sports can improve overall health and well-being. Physical activity is essential to maintaining a healthy body weight and improved pulmonary function. More specific exercises can be performed to improve specific issues related to loss of spinal motion and strength.