Scoliosis Affects The Whole Body
Scoliosis is a sideways spine which would make the spine looks like the letter “S” or “C”. Idiopathic scoliosis holds the prominent position (about 75% to 80%) among the scoliosis cases. Current research shows that idiopathic scoliosis is a multifaceted disease that compromises six systems of the body: bone, respiratory, muscular, digestive, hormonal, and neurological.
The most important thing is that scoliosis affects the entire skeletal system, including the spine, ribs, and pelvis. The spine curves from one side to another side, which results a lot of symptoms. For example, uneven shoulder blades and waist, as well as one hip being higher than the other. The pelvic cavity titles as a result of scoliosis progression. The ribs will stick out and forms a hill which may present on the back or on the abdomen. In some severe cases, the vertebrae would have deformity and rotation. In addition, because the spine becomes abnormally curved as a result of scoliosis, it can lead to the joints between the vertebrae becoming damaged. This can lead to chronic back arthritis, which can be painful and difficult to treat. Research shows that people who had scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain as adults.
Besides bone system, respiratory system will be also influence when scoliosis squeezes the chest space. The ribs protrude constricts the lungs and can cause breathing problems. If space for growth is limited, the lungs will never develop normally when patients are young. In infantile and juvenile scoliosis, one really has to pay attention to treating the spine; otherwise the effect on the lungs will be fairly significant.
If the muscle n one side of the spine is stronger than the normal and muscle of the other side is weaker, it is easy for scoliosis occurring. Scoliosis will make the muscle become stronger and weaker. It also impacts upon the brain and central nervous system and affects the body’s hormonal and digestive systems. Scoliosis can deplete the body’s nutritional resources.