There are 2 types of Scoliosis: Congenital and Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Congenital scoliosis is when you are born with a structural deviation in the spine.
Your back will twist either left or right from birth.
However, it often only starts to become visible at the ages of 2-5 or sometimes as late as the early teenage years.
The cause of congenital scoliosis is not clear.
It is basically hereditary and causes bones (vertebrae ) within your back to sometimes fuse together and then further grow in a crooked manner.
When identified early on, congenital scoliosis can be operated on with a positive effect on the growth of your spine.
This is, however, a complex procedure and serious thought should be given as this surgical intervention can influence the whole quality of your life.
Always look for more than one medical opinion.
Congenital scoliosis also leads to imbalances in the muscles surrounding the spine.
Any physical treatment is directed at relieving the symptoms in the majority of cases (management), unless surgical intervention has been successful with structural correction.
I find that early physiotherapy post-operation is a necessity in to manage congenital scoliosis effectively.
Idiopathic scoliosis on the other hand is where you develop a twist in the spine after an injury, or a following a medical condition.
Examples that I see involve clients over sixty who have osteoporosis or clients who have disc injuries in the back (a deviation happens in the spine to reduce pressure on the disc affected.
) Most idiopathic scoliosis may be corrected with physiotherapy management and other related scoliosis treatments.
However, when a scoliosis is left untreated for longer than a couple of weeks a full recovery can become increasingly difficult.
There are many causes of scoliosis, diagnosing the cause of scoliosis is most important in the relief of this spine condition.
Make sure you get specialist medical and physiotherapy help as soon as possible.
Scoliosis and Related Back Pain.
In my own experience with scoliosis over the past 20 years - muscle and ligament pain are the most common associated back pain.
On one side of the spinal twist the ligaments, muscles, joints, discs and nerves are all compressed.
By comparison, the other side these structures are increasingly being over-stretched.
As a result - you will probably feel pain and symptoms linked with the compressed and overstretched structures.
Pain comes about from these soft tissues being overstretched and gradually damaged - resulting in inflammation and degradation with each of these structures.
Each one of these can produce the symptoms of back pain you will probably experience over time.
Idiopathic scoliosis can be frequently reversed when tackled early.
Mobilisation therapy and exercise and are my own treatments of choice.
However, should ignore your scoliosis and its related pain for extended periods, reversing the damage can become more difficult.
Eventual joint damage may develop which leads to potentially far more trouble for your back.
Congenital scoliosis also demands an early intervention - surgery alongside exercise therapy is the most used treatment of choice with this condition.
In conclusion, it is important to obtain diagnosis as early on as possible.
In my opinion, this early intervention will greatly reduce the occurrence of back pain in relation to scoliosis.