Everyone's spine has natural curves. These curves round our shoulders and make our lower back curve slightly inward. But some people have spines that also curve from side to side. This condition is called "scoliosis".
Scoliosis affects one in nine young women and approximately ten percent of the total population. It is the most deforming orthopedic problem confronting children, often leaving permanent deformity during adolescence and adulthood.
In 85% to 90% of cases the cause of the scoliosis is unknown. Tumor, infection, neuromuscular disease(cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy), birth deformity or disc problems account for the remaining 10% to 15% of cases.
Often scoliosis goes undetected, and most people with scoliosis can lead a normal life, never even knowing they have the condition. However, In many cases, scoliosis can cause a wide variety of symptoms because of the alteration of spinal biomechanics, abnormal loading of the spine, and deformation of the ribcage. Early detection and treatment can be effective in halting the progression, and in many cases result in improvement.
If you suspect that you or your child may have scoliosis, call today for and examination by Dr. Keren.