Chronic Back Pain Due To Adult Scoliosis

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Back pain is much more devastating when it is chronic. Chronic back pain affects millions of Americans and is one of the top reasons for disability. And, unfortunately, the number of people who are suffering from this problem is on the rise.

You consider it chronic when there seems to be no reason for your pain to occur or your condition is untreatable and there is little you can do to make the pain permanently disappear.

Scoliosis And Chronic Back Pain

There are a lot of reasons for chronic back pain to occur. Some causes are mild and common but there are also causes that can jeopardize your health. An example of this is adult scoliosis, which affects your back, heart and lungs all at the same time.

Although scoliosis is common in puberty, it can still happen during adulthood. Adult scoliosis is a term used for people who developed scoliosis after the age of 18. This condition is not as common as adolescent scoliosis. Unlike adolescent scoliosis, adult scoliosis has chronic pain associated with it.

If you were to look at the spine, it should be on a straight line. Scoliosis is a condition wherein the spine is deformed and it looks more like an S or C shape. The exact cause is unknown but there are a lot of factors that can lead to this condition.

Risk Factors For Adult Scoliosis

There are a number of reasons for an individual to develop adult scoliosis. Here are some factors that can lead to this condition:

  • ·      Untreated adolescent scoliosis developed into chronic adult scoliosis
  • ·      Neuromuscular diseases such as muscle dystrophy
  • ·      Osteoporosis and degeneration of the parts of the spine
  • ·      Undiagnosed childhood scoliosis
  • ·      History of spinal surgery during puberty but the surgery was ineffective
  • ·      History of spinal injuries, accidents or trauma that damaged the spine

Symptoms of Scoliosis

  • ·      Chronic back pain
  • ·      Leaning sideward on one side of the body
  • ·      Uneven shoulders or one shoulder may be prominent than the other
  • ·      Abnormal protrusion of the ribs
  • ·      One hip appears higher than the other one
  • ·      May seem to decrease in height
  • ·      Abnormal slanting appearance of the body
  • ·      An S or C shaped spine
  • ·      Difficulty of breathing
  • ·      Mild chest pain
  • ·      A back hump
  • ·      One arm is longer than the other

Treatment of Pain Associated with Scoliosis

This is no pill that will make the scoliosis go away. Typically, doctors prescribe medications to relieve or manage the chronic pain caused by scoliosis.

Physical activities like swimming, walking, jogging and cycling can also help maintain correct posture and keep the body healthy.

Physical exercise counter the deforming effect of scoliosis and it also helps in reducing pain.

There are also physical therapies that are intended for people with scoliosis. These therapies are executed basically for relief of pain and discomfort.

Normally, a healthy spine is straightly aligned to support the weight of your head and back. It allows you to remain upright, lift, bend and twist. If you are suffering from adult scoliosis, you not only have limited movements, your heart, lungs and back are also compromised.

If you suspect your chronic back pain may be due to scoliosis, you need to see your doctor.