Scoliosis

Below you will find more information about Scoliosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Scoliosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Scoliosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Scoliosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

This is a medical condition wherein the person's spine is curved sideways and may also be rotated. When the spine is seen in x-rays, it may look more like a letter 'S' or a 'C'. It is categorized as congenital, idiopathic or developed due to a secondary symptom of another condition like celebral palsy.

Diagnosis

X-rays Referral to an orthopedic surgeon Routine diagnostic work up (CBC, urinalysis, sedimentation rate, chemistry panel, spinal survey) Bone survey Bone Scan CT Scans MRI

Treatment

ò Watchful waiting for monitoring the condition ò Treatment of any fundamental cause of scoliosis ò Bracing Spinal brace Spinal cast Milwaukee brace Thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) ò Surgery

Symptoms and Signs

Spinal curving Spine is curved sideways Body posture is sideways One shoulder is raised higher than the other Clothes are not hanging properly Local ligament pain and muscular aches

Causes

Leg length Muscle contractions Appendicitis Neuromuscular diseases Marfan's syndrome Poliomyelitis Cerebral palsy Birth abnormalities Hemivertebra Neurofibromatosis Muscular dystrophy Injury in the spine Tumors in the spinal cord Certain metabolic diseases, rheumatic diseases, connective tissue disorders, pelvis conditions, hip conditions and vertebral conditions

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