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Scoliosis Awareness Month

Best Scoliosis Surgeon in Bangalore | Dr.Satish Rudrappa

Abnormal lateral curve of the spine is called Scoliosis. This condition is usually diagnosed at childhood and if not treated, scoliosis can become a lifelong condition. It can cause pain, discomfort, and other physical complications throughout one’s life.

June is the Scoliosis Awareness Month,” and people around the world are raising awareness for this spinal deformity.

In this blog, Dr.Satish Rudrappa, commemorate this awareness month and will try to highlight some basic facts of scoliosis like the cause, treatment, symptoms

So let’s start

“It is a time to gain an understanding of scoliosis, its causes, and treatment options, and continue to generate awareness and provide support those impacted by this condition,” say Dr.Satish Rudrappa, brain and spine surgeon in Bangalore

What Causes Scoliosis?

The primary cause of most scoliosis cases is unknown, while sometimes caused by cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

The spine consists of small vertebrae bones stacked on top of one another. A healthy spine should have a natural curve that allows for rotation and bending. In cases of scoliosis, the spine curves to the side, forming a C or S shape. In the most severe cases, scoliosis can cause health complications over time.

If you have a feeling that you or your child may have scoliosis, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • One of the shoulder blades is higher than the other
  • A shoulder blade that sticks out more than the other
  • Usually, there will be an appearance that the head is not centered with the rest of the body
  • Uneven hips or one hip sticking out more than the other
  • A rotated spine
  • Pushed out ribs
  • Difficulty in breathing (Due to a reduced available area for lung expansion)
  • Back pain and discomfort
  • Arms not hanging down straight next to the body
  • When bending forward, the appearance that the two sides of the back are different heights

Scoliosis Treatment Options

Depending on the extremity of spinal curvature, age, cause and severity of the condition the doctor can decide the mode of treatment as non-surgical or surgical treatment

Non-Surgical Treatment Option for Scoliosis

For adolescents, spines with lateral curves measuring over 20 degrees may benefit from a temporary, specially designed back brace. Back brace is worn to keep the curve from worsening as the spine grows and from requiring surgery later in life. Back braces can also help a curve to become smaller over time. The more the brace is worn, the more effective it can become.

Surgical Treatment Options for Scoliosis

Spinal curves greater than 50 degrees sometime may require spinal fusion surgery to improve posture. During the procedure, a surgeon will aim to realign and fuse curved vertebrae to encourage them to heal into a single, solid bone. Thanks to modern advancements in medical technology and tools, spinal fusion surgeries on scoliosis patients can help improve lateral curves significantly.

How to Get Help

For an adult who has not adequately treated scoliosis earlier in life, they should talk to their doctor to understand the extent of your spinal curve. Try to understand what options may be available to you to ease any discomfort. 

If you are a parent and have a feeling that your child is developing scoliosis visit your doctor immediately. Early intervention can help a lot as your doctor can put a plan in place to help protect your child from a worsening condition that could be problematic throughout his or her adult life.

For any query reach contact on +91-9741002020 or Book an appointment with Dr.Satish Rudrappa for Best Scoliosis Surgeon in Bangalore.

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