Our spine is an important structure that supports our body and posture. The fact that the spine is straight and healthy ensures that our posture is smooth. When the normal shape of the spine is disturbed, complaints such as posture disorder, pain, etc. may occur. Scoliosis is one of the common spinal deformities. Scoliosis, also called “spinal curvature,” can seriously reduce quality of life as it progresses. Therefore, in the early period, it should be treated with physical therapy and rehabilitation studies and the progression process should be stopped.
For scoliosis treatment and follow-up, you can apply to our clinic in Ankara and make an appointment with Specialist Dr. Nural Aydın.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is tilted to the side. A normal spine consists of vertebrae that start from the bottom of the head and extend straight to the coccyx. But in patients with scoliosis, the spine develops to be inclined to the right or left side. The tilting of the spine from certain areas to the sides is a condition seen in approximately 2 to 4% of people. In addition, in a small proportion of patients with spinal curvature, progress is observed enough to require surgical treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
Scoliosis; It is manifested by disorders that occur in the shape of the spine and other symptoms resulting from this deformity. Symptoms may differ according to the progression and severity of scoliosis. Symptoms of scoliosis:
- Back, shoulder and lumbar pain
- Posture disorder
- Difficulty standing upright
- Bending of the spine to the right or left side
- The posture of the shoulders is not compatible with the lower part of the body
- Disproportionate appearance between the legs and upper torso
- Impairment of symmetry in the upper body
- Walking problem
- Balance problems
What Causes Scoliosis?
Although scoliosis is a disorder of unknown cause in most cases, it can also occur under the influence of some disorders. There is more than one cause that causes spinal curvature. In general, these causes occur when the spine develops asymmetrically, which is not normal.
- Neuromuscular Scoliosis:The condition caused by muscle and nerve problems is called “neuromuscular scoliosis.” This condition may occur in childhood or may manifest itself in later life. In neuromuscular scoliosis, besides nerve and muscle diseases, respiratory problems can also be seen.
- Congenital Scoliosis:Another cause of scoliosis is complications that occur in the mother’s womb. This disease, called “congenital scoliosis”, shows symptoms at an early age. For this reason, it is necessary to start treatment at an early age. Otherwise, the deformity that begins in the mother’s womb may progress over the years.
- Idiopathic Scoliosis: Idiopathic scoliosis, the cause of which is not exactly known, is the most common type of scoliosis.
Apart from these, fractures in the spine, infections and some genetic syndromes can also cause scoliosis. Knowing what causes the spinal curvature can help create a treatment plan.
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
A physical examination is often sufficient for the diagnosis of scoliosis. When the patient leans forward while standing or sitting, existing curvatures can be detected. However, imaging methods such as X-ray, MRI, tomography can also help in the diagnosis of scoliosis.
How is Scoliosis Treated?
Methods used for the treatment of scoliosis; may vary according to the patient’s complaints, age and structure of the spine. At the same time, the type, level and degree of progression of scoliosis are also important in deciding on treatment. Methods of treatment in general:
- Observation and follow-up,
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Schroth treatment
- Use of corsets,
- It is in the form of surgical treatment.
In cases that develop in the womb, the progression of spinal curvature is followed before deciding on treatment. If the symptoms have an increased course, then surgical intervention may be necessary in this case.
Especially in patients with mild to moderate scoliosis, regular exercise is of great importance. However, these exercises should be planned according to the person’s discomfort and the degree of discomfort, which will strengthen the back muscles. At the end of the physical therapy process carried out with an experienced physical therapist, the progression of scoliosis can be significantly prevented and existing complaints can be reduced. The use of corsets to strengthen the effects of physical therapy and rehabilitation can also be included in the treatment process.
Ankara Scoliosis Treatment Prices
In the treatment of scoliosis, the progression of the spinal curvature and the degree of scoliosis are important for the treatment method to be applied. At the same time, factors such as the patient’s bone structure and bone age may be decisive in the treatment process. In mild to moderate scoliosis, the most effective method of treatment is rehabilitation.
For more detailed information about scoliosis and its treatment in Ankara, you can contact the clinic of Specialist Dr. Nural Aydın.