Isabella- Scoliosis

Scoliosis is when there is an unnatural or abnormal curve in the spine. There are many types of scoliosis, but I’m only going to talk about 3 🙂

  • Idiopathic
  • Congenital
  • Neurological

Idiopathic is the most common Scoliosis. It is when there is no definite cause as to why the person developed Scoliosis. Congenital is when spinal deformities appear at birth, which means that the person was born with Scoliosis. Neurological Scoliosis is when brain abnormalities affect nerves and muscles in spine. Scoliosis can happen at any point in time, but it usually starts at around adolescence age.

This affects teenagers, because we’re at that age where Scoliosis begins to form. If Scoliosis does end up happening, it can affect our daily life. If you’re into sports, it would be painful for you, and it would be harder to play. As pre-teens/teens, we should be aware of this topic, so that we know what could happen to our spine.

To solve Scoliosis, doctors have three different treatments (well more than three but that’s all I’m going to list!). The first thing that they can do after they find out that their patient has scoliosis. The doctor might put you in a brace. It’s basically a cast that you can only take off when taking a shower. The next thing that the doctor could do, if the Scoliosis is really severe, is suggest surgery. The last thing that he could do is an Observation. This is where he/she does nothing, but ask you to come back for daily check-ups. None of these treatments will exactly make the scoliosis go away, but it will definitely decrease how sever it is.

To prevent Scoliosis, never carry heavy objects, because it makes you hunch, and could form that “S” shape spine. Always stand up straight and have good posture, because even though it wont make you safe from Scoliosis, but it will definitely help decrease the chances of you getting it. Check your spine regularly to make sure that your spine is healthy.

This relates to me, because my mom actually has Scoliosis. Since Scoliosis is genetic, there’s a very big chance that I’ll be getting it also. I found this an important topic that I should about, so that I could understand what could really happen to me if I don’t start caring about my spine. I learned a lot of things researching about this topic, and I’m sure that I’ll be standing much straighter after this!

 

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