What causes scoliosis?

@gwyn12 (177)
Philippines
April 9, 2007 7:24pm CST
As I noticed, less priveledge people are most likely affected by this disease. Maybe because of lack of calcium during their early years I guess. But what is the medical explanation behind this disease? What causes it? How to prevent it?
5 responses
@myklaire (437)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
In about 80% of cases, the cause of sciolosis is not known. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. It develops mostly in children and teens and appears to be related to several factors, including genetics, as it often runs in families. There are two types of sciolosis: nonstructural and structural. Nonstructural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine, without rotation, that is reversible because it is caused by an underlying condition such as: pain or muscle spasm an inflammatory condition such as appendicitis a difference in leg length Structural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine, with rotation, that is irreversible and is usually caused by an unknown factor or a disease or condition such as: disorders that were present at birth, such as spina bifida in which the spinal canal does not close properly; or a disorder that affects the formation of bones. Between 5% and 7% of scoliosis cases are caused by congenital abnormalities of the spine, which cause curves in the spine that are more rigid than those caused by idiopathic scoliosis. These curves often get worse as the child grows, especially during the teen years. In adults, scoliosis may result from changes in the spine due to agind. These degenerative changes may be caused by osteoarthritis or osteoporosis.
@gwyn12 (177)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
What an informative response. I really learn a lot. Thanks
@mememama (3077)
• United States
17 Apr 07
In my case it's unknown, they call it "idiopathic". My friend has scoliosis due to a car accident when she was young, it affected her muscles, then her spine. There's no way to prevent it, but if you catch it by screening for it while children are young, there's more that you can do for it like bracing, surgery, and physical therapy.
@gwyn12 (177)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
You knew it very well. So I'll take your word for it. have a nice day pal.
@thor78 (45)
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
I don't think scoliosis is limited to the less fortunate. There are a lot of scoliosis cases wherein most of the patients are part of the upper brackets of society.
@gwyn12 (177)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
Thanks for correcting me. Yes, I learn that it is not limited to the less fortunate one. Every has a tendency to acquire that disorder. Thanks
10 Apr 07
its not about being less privelidged that you get scoliosis, its inhereted through your family, also it is not a DISEASE, its a condition. people are born with this and sometimes it doesnt affect people but sometimes it does severly in adulthood or childhood, i knew someone who never had a problem with her spine then all of a sudden it curved. you cant prevent it
@gwyn12 (177)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
Right it is not a diesease but rather a disorder, Well thanks again.
@missy30 (129)
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
I have scoliosis, and in my case, it is hereditary. We have it in our genes, and in our family, 4 of my aunts have. Improper posture can lead to scoliosis, so proper posture would help you prevent from getting it. Signs of scolio, back pains, when you notice that one of your legs is longer than the other and either right or left side of your waist is higher. There are braces made for people with scoliosis, i used to wear one kind. And patients are required to do some exercises and therapy. For back pains, you can put warm water in a small bottle, and roll it on the aching part, it'll help..