Living with Scoliosis

When you have scoliosis, your spine has a sideways curve resembling an S or C that can worsen over time. Though most people associate scoliosis with children, adults can also develop this spinal issue.

Signs of scoliosis include having:

In severe cases, you can also experience breathing difficulties and chest pain, or you may have problems performing daily activities, like walking or exercising.

At One Oak Medical, Dr. Faisal Mahmood offers expert care for spinal issues, like scoliosis. Fortunately, with an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Mahmood can create a personalized treatment strategy to help manage your condition.

Understanding scoliosis

There are several kinds of scoliosis, including idiopathic, congenital, neuromuscular, and degenerative.

Idiopathic scoliosis

Approximately 80% of cases involve idiopathic scoliosis — this is the type most often diagnosed during puberty and has no definite cause. 

Congenital scoliosis

This rare form of scoliosis starts in utero when embryological malformation occurs in at least one vertebrae in the spine.

Neuromuscular scoliosis

Neuromuscular scoliosis is a secondary condition associated with a neurological or muscular disease. Dr. Mahmood often sees this form of scoliosis alongside spinal cord trauma, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. 

Degenerative scoliosis

Unfortunately, you can also develop scoliosis because of weakening bones and degenerative conditions affecting the spine, like osteoarthritis. X-rays show that approximately 70% of adults over 60 have a curved spine. 

Treating scoliosis

Dr. Mahmood considers several factors when managing a scoliosis diagnosis, including the:

Monitoring your condition is always essential when you have scoliosis. In some cases, that’s all that’s needed to manage your diagnosis. 

However, if your spine is still growing, or the curve in your spine causes pain or dysfunction, Dr. Mahmood might recommend bracing or surgery. These treatment options focus on reducing the severity of your spinal curve and keeping your scoliosis from worsening.

Living with scoliosis

It can be hard learning you have scoliosis, but it doesn’t have to control your life. 

In addition to medical treatments for scoliosis, Dr. Mahmood could also recommend managing your symptoms through regular exercise, especially core strengthening activities like Pilates and yoga. Support groups can also be helpful for young people and their parents to gain advice, access real-life experiences, and to have a safe space to share emotional reactions to a diagnosis.

To learn more about living with scoliosis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahmood by calling or requesting an appointment online today. 

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