May 27, 2008

Scoliosis – A Deformity Due To Irregular Shaped Vertebrae

Posted in Category : Bone, Joint & Muscles Disorders

Scoliosis is a condition in which spine is curved from one side to the other or from front to back. Therefore, the overall shape of spine may look like the characters “S” or “C”. It is a deformity in which arises due to the irregular shaped vertebrae.

The effects of scoliosis may or may not appear externally. It depends upon whether it is mild or grave. The common symptoms of scoliosis can be as follows.

  • Difference in the height of the two shoulders
  • Prominence of one of the shoulder blades
  • Prominence of hip
  • Elevated hip
  • Unevenness in the ribs and rib cage
  • Unevenness in waist
  • Abnormal leaning of the body to any side
  • Abnormality in the texture of skin bellow spine

If any of these symptoms appear in a person then there is a possible that he may be having scoliosis. These symptoms are generally present right from the time of birth. As in all the cases, the bones are affected and become irregular in shape it is hard to cure. Most In such cases he should consult a doctor taking the radiographic images is the method, which is used for detecting scoliosis.

The treatment for scoliosis will involve quite complex surgical procedures. The treatment is possible only if the deformations in the bones are not so exaggerated. If it is not so, and the bones which are greatly deformed, the treatment will be very much risky. So it is necessary that the patient do a self-assessment whether the treatment is essential or not. There are several things, which will play an important role in deciding this. They are given below.

  • The first thing that a person should consider is the complexity of the problem. Rightly understanding the condition, he should decide whether it would be possible to cure it or not. Moreover, if the cure were possible, how complex the surgical procedure would be also is important.
  • The second thing that the he should consider during self-assessment is finding out the symptoms that he has developed. He should take in to account whether the symptoms are too grave, and are they causing a great inconvenience to him. The inconvenience can include, despair about the appearance of the body, or pain etc.
  • After this, the patient should take into account his age, health, fitness, etc.
  • In addition, the surgery can be very expensive. So the cost should also should be considered.