Scoliosis is a condition that causes discomfort and pain. While it’s uncommon in children, it becomes more frequent as people get older. Based on a study, roughly 55 percent of teenagers with scoliosis have back pain at one time or another, and up to 92 percent of adults with this condition have pain severe enough to require treatment by scoliosis experts like the doctors and surgeons at the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute where we have offices in Dallas, Plano, and Frisco, Texas
Scoliosis can produce a variety of issues, including:
- Breathing problems. The rib cage may push against the lungs in extreme cases of scoliosis, making breathing difficult.
- Back problems. Children with scoliosis are more prone to get back pain later in life as adults if they have major curves that are not treated.
- Scoliosis can lead to unequal hips and shoulders, protruding ribs, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side, as it progresses.
- Patients are often self-conscious about their appearance.
If scoliosis gets treated early, the pain can lessen or actually stop. A severe untreated curve of the spine can result in nerve, muscle, and tissue injury. Tissue damage can cause long-term pain, and treatment and physical therapy may not stop it. Working with our medical team to design a treatment plan that can control, reduce and stop the pain may take some time, but we do this every day.
Degenerative Scoliosis Pain
This disorder affects around six million Americans. For patients with degenerative scoliosis, our practice offers a complete care plan. Because this condition causes pain, we understand how it can cause the following:
- In the mid to lower back, dull pain or stiffness appears.
- Back pain can spread down the buttock and into the leg, similar to a shock.
- Tingling and/or numbness going down the buttock and into the leg.
- Sharp leg pain that worsens while you walk but goes away when you stop.
Increased tension on the discs, facet joints, muscles, and ligaments can lead to pain, stiffness, and instability. Walking, standing, bending, and lifting can make the pain worse. Scoliosis can induce compression of the spinal nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or paralysis in the arms and legs. The major source of degenerative scoliosis pain is spinal joint inflammation or nerve impingement and not the curve of the spine. We help patients of all ages with scoliosis and pain. Our treatment plan will ensure that you have a successful recovery that controls, reduces, or stops the pain.
Lumbar Disc Herniation Pain
If you have a herniated lumbar disc, you may have pain that spreads down one or both legs, and once in a while into your feet (called sciatica). Whether you stand, walk, or sit, you may experience a feeling like an electric shock. Bending, lifting, twisting, and sitting may make the pain worse. Because it lessens the downward strain on the disc, lying flat on your back with one’s legs bent provides the most comfortable position. Numbness and tingling in your leg or foot may exist along with the pain.
Cramps or muscular spasms in your back or leg are possible side effects. You may have leg muscle weakness as well as loss of knee or ankle reflexes in addition to the pain. You may develop foot drop (your foot flops as you walk) or bowel or bladder control loss in extreme situations. If you have severe limb weakness or are having trouble managing your bladder or bowel functions, you should seek medical attention forth width. At the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute, we provide a complete treatment plan for individuals with herniated lumbar discs and strive to control, reduce and stop the pain.
Levoscoliosis is a kind of scoliosis in which your spine bends and curves in a C shape toward the left side of your body. People of any age can develop scoliosis. It’s found frequently [n children between the ages of 10 and 15 when they’re growing quickly. If your Levoscoliosis is in the middle back, your ribcage may press on your heart and lungs. Breathing issues and exhaustion may arise as a result and lead to cardiac failure in some cases. Also, you may develop persistent back pain as an adult if you got scoliosis as a youngster. Because patients are not able to move in specific ways after spinal fusion straightens the curvature, some sports become more difficult. In addition, doctors will recommend that you do not play certain sports like football.
Uncertain or unknown causes of Levoscoliosis include:
- Infantile scoliosis: This happens during the first three years of life.
- Juvenile scoliosis: This affects children aged 4 to 10.
- Adolescent scoliosis: Idiopathic scoliosis of this sort is by far the most frequent. It affects children and teenagers aged 11 to 18.
- Adult scoliosis: Without treatment, Levoscoliosis will continue into adulthood.
Idiopathic Scoliosis Pain
Idiopathic scoliosis is a three-dimensional malformation of the developing spine that affects 2 percent to 3 percent of teenagers. Although benign in the majority of patients, the disease’s natural course can cause severe body changes, decreased thoracic volume, poor breathing, increased back pain, and cosmetic issues. During teenage growth spurts, the risk of degeneration is highest, increasing the likelihood of spine curvature, rising angular value, trunk imbalance, and thoracic deformity. Idiopathic scoliosis is one of three forms of scoliosis that causes an abnormal curvature in the spine.
The term “idiopathic” refers to a condition that has no known cause; yet is the most frequent kind of scoliosis. It is more common in females than in boys, and it runs in families. Idiopathic scoliosis is often classified as a moderate condition, requiring just continuous observation. In the United States, the Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute is the largest adult and pediatric spine facility. Thousands of patients and hundreds of spine procedures are conducted by our spine experts each year. From the most common to the most complicated scoliosis and other spine problems, we treat them all and we reduce or stop the pain in each patient.
Neuromuscular Scoliosis Pain
One of three forms of scoliosis that causes an uneven curvature of the spine is neuromuscular scoliosis (NMS). A curvature of the spine induced by nerve or muscle disease is known as neuromuscular scoliosis. Balance, sitting, and walking can all become affected by neuromuscular scoliosis. Breathing can often become hampered by a severe curvature of the spine. Progressive spine abnormalities are common in children with neuromuscular diseases, with cardio-respiratory impairment in the most severe instances. When the brain or nerves are damaged as a result of sickness or accident, neurological disorders develop. They have the ability to impact the body’s muscle-nerve pathways, which run from the brain to the spinal cord.
During periods of fast development, such as adolescence, spine curves or scoliosis frequently become bigger and more visible. Curves caused by idiopathic and congenital scoliosis usually affect only a few areas of the spine and stop growing once a teenager reaches adulthood. NMS spinal curvature, on the other hand, frequently develops at an earlier age than idiopathic scoliosis. These bends usually do not straighten out by themselves and affect the entire spine causing pain into adulthood. Our spine doctors treat thousands of patients and perform hundreds of spine treatments each year in order to reduce or stop the pain. From the most common to the most difficult scoliosis and other spine problems, we treat them all.
Congenital Scoliosis Pain
The spine is a unique and vital element of human anatomy, with three primary natural and healthy curvatures defining the spine’s three main sections: cervical (neck), thoracic (middle and upper back), and lumbar (lower back). Even within a single disorder, such as congenital scoliosis, major pain can develop. We have been very successful with patients with congenital scoliosis and we invite patients to view our patient testimonials.
Adult Scoliosis Pain
Adult degenerative scoliosis can result in sciatic pain in the legs and back and these are the most common side effects of scoliosis in adults. Treatment focuses on reducing and permanently stopping the pain. The pain might come from the curvature itself or from spinal nerve compression. Muscle fatigue can occur as a result of the convex muscles working harder to maintain postural balance while the concave muscles become weakened. This leads to exhaustion and failure, particularly following convex-side activity.
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which nerves are compressed. When walking or standing for an extended amount of time, stenosis can trigger nerve irritation, resulting in leg pain, numbness, or paralysis. Patients can generally point to the source of their back pain. For instance, a bulge caused by muscle rotation or rib cage movement, or asymmetry in the trunk to the pelvis. It’s also possible that standing up straight becomes a problem.
Kyphosis, a curvature of the spine, causes a wide range of symptoms and pain. Only an abnormal hunch or slouch may reveal a patient with the disease. Lung and heart damage can occur in more severe situations. For day-to-day activity, the muscles may not function properly. However, when the degree of curvature increases, more severe symptoms such as radiating pain, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, and breathing difficulties may arise.
Severe thoracic kyphosis can cause rib cage restriction and heart and lung difficulties. When evaluating a spinal deformity in adults, our spine experts work as a team to ensure that your spine, nerves, and muscles are assessed as an integrated system. Finally, our specialists employ cutting-edge imaging technology to detect curves in the spine. Then they assess if it is unstable, damaging neighboring nerves or organs, and how controlling, minimizing, and stopping the pain can occur.
Mayo Clinic – Back Pain
American Association of Neurological Surgeons – Back Pain
Medical News Today.com – Back Pain
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