September 19, 2007 1:42pm CST
Does anyone know anything about Scoliosis? I have Scoliosis 4 degrees to the left not sure what that means really. Who has Scoliosis?
• United States
19 Sep 07
I have scoliosis due to connective tissue disease. You have very slight scoliosis that is perhaps due to favoring your hip. You can prevent the scoliosis from getting worse by doing lower back muscle strengthening and making your abs stronger, too. You will have chronic pain from it if you don't take care of it now at a very early stage. I'm not able to do that due to mine being due to having chronically inflamed ligaments and tendons from my disease.
19 Sep 07
My friend has scoliosis and she currently stands 5'2" and according to her doctor, she is supposed to have a 5'9" height. On an x-ray, the spine of an individual with scoliosis looks like an S or C instead of a straight line. According to studies, scoliosis affects girls twice as often as it affects boys and about 3 to 5 of 1,000 people are affected. Treatment of scoliosis is based on the severity of the curve and chances of the curve getting worse. bracing is one of the treatment normally required by the doctor.
• United States
19 Sep 07
I believe it runs in my family some. I know that two brothers and one sister has a touch of it. The only thing I really know that it is most times called the S spine disease which is how my family referrred to it. I went to Wikipedia and searched it, So here is some onformation more about it then I could ever tell. The cause of scoliosis is poorly understood. In the case of the most common form of scoliosis, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, there is a clear Mendelian inheritance but with incomplete penetrance. Various causes have been implicated, but none has consensus among scientists as the cause of scoliosis. Scoliosis is more common in females and is often seen in patients with cerebral palsy or spina bifida, although this form of scoliosis is different from that seen in children without these conditions. In some cases, scoliosis exists at birth due to a congenital vertebral anomaly. Occasionally development of scoliosis during adolescence is due to an underlying anomaly such as a tethered spinal cord, but most often the cause is unknown or idiopathic. Contrary to common belief, scoliosis does not come from slouching, sitting in awkward positions, or sleeping on an old mattress. Scoliosis often presents itself, or worsens, during the adolescence growth spurt. Scoliotic curves greater than 10° affect 2-3% of the population of the United States. The prevalence of curves less than 20° is about equal in males and females. Curves greater than 20° affect about 1 in 2500 people. Curves convex to the right are more common than those to the left, and single or 'C' curves are slightly more common than double or 'S' curve patterns. Males are more likely to have infantile or juvenile scoliosis, but there is a high female predominance of adolescent scoliosis. Young females are seven times more likely than young males to develop a significant, progressive curvature. Females are nine times more likely to require treatment than males as they tend to have larger, more progressive curves. Hope this helped some in understanding it some more. If you need more information on it then Wikipedia has more information there. Have a good day.
10 Oct 08
I have dextroscoliosis with an S-shaped curve so I have two curves. Lately my right shoulder is aching a lot, probably because I'm writing and typing on the computer for a very long time. It feels like my back muscles are getting cramped because of the curvature of my spine. Maybe its time for me to go a doctor again and have my back checked, I hope the curve hasn't worsen. Anyway, I do pilates and wear a back support I bought from a sport store when I'm at home. I want to swim every now and then because it's the best exercise to prevent the scoliosis curve from worsening but the weather nowadays are a bit cold. Also, I make it a point to drink lots of milk and take calcium supplements to make my bone stronger. The 4 degree scoliosis is not very noticeable and I think you just need to maintain proper posture and do some back exercises. A visit to the doctor and a physical therapist will help you gather more information on what to do.