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Scoliosis Prognosis

Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves at an angle. Most often it affects children and young adults, but it can affect anyone.

The most common cause of scoliosis is spinal curvature from birth. However, there are other possible causes such as:

Trauma to the spine (accidents)

Spinal stenosis (lowered levels of cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) – this occurs when the spinal cord is impinged by bony growths causing the spinal canal to narrow

Spinal tumors

Spinal infection (e.g. tuberculosis)

Spinal cord injury or disease

Bone tumors can also cause scoliosis. In fact, any condition that affects the bones or muscles of the spine can lead to scoliosis. For example, after surgery to remove tumors or during aging when muscles weaken and the bones become vulnerable.

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In these cases, scoliosis weakens the spine and can interfere with normal body functions.

Scoliosis is more common in children because their growing bones are more susceptible to the disease. However, some adults experience scoliosis after an accident or after age-related muscle degeneration. Some people may not notice any symptoms and the condition is only picked up during a routine check-up.

However, other people will experience pain or a reduced range of motion in the back and spine.

The symptoms of scoliosis generally depend on how severe the condition is and the age of the person experiencing it. For example, children may experience:

Groin pain

Difficulty or pain when turning the head

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Neck or back pain

Pain during puberty due to growth of a “C”

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