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Neck & Back Medical Center is focused on one ultimate goal: achieving the highest quality of life for each of our patients. Conditions like scoliosis can jeopardize the level of activity and comfort of our patients. We treat it with a multidisciplinary, holistic approach right here in our clinic.

Scoliosis, or a curved spine, can make life difficult for patients who are striving for a comfortable, active life. Read below to learn more about this condition and the treatment options available at Neck & Back.

Scoliosis Diagnosis and Treatment in Laguna Hills, CA

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a deformity that occurs when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curves sideways. Though it is known to run in families, most cases of scoliosis have no known cause.

Scoliosis without a cause is called idiopathic scoliosis, and may occur in three different stages of life:

  1. Infantile idiopathic scoliosis: from birth to 3 years old
  2. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis: from 4 to 9 years old
  3. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: from 10 to 18 years old

Scoliosis that does have a cause (fewer than 20 percent of cases) is broken down into two categories: structural and nonstructural. Nonstructural can often be treated and eliminated, while structural scoliosis is irreversible. Potential causes for these types of scoliosis include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Birth defects
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Genetic conditions

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Potential symptoms include:

  • Changes in gait or way a person walks
  • Reduced flexibility and range of motion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Pain

How can scoliosis affect daily life?

As described above, scoliosis is sometimes accompanied by symptoms like pain and reduced mobility. This can negatively impact anyone’s daily life, and make activities like exercise or physically demanding jobs nearly impossible. In severe and persistent cases, scoliosis may require those affected to wear a brace to prevent further curvature of the spine.

For more information about scoliosis, or to learn how physical therapy and spine rehabilitation services can help you manage your condition, contact the team at Neck & Back Medical Center. We are always available to answer questions. Schedule an appointment at our clinic in Laguna Hills, California.

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