Scoliosis is a progressive spinal deformity, and it can affect multiple areas of the body if it is not treated in a timely manner. As with most conditions and medical issues, it is always best if it is treated as soon as possible to prevent any complications. It is especially true with this progressive condition.
The Importance Of Our Spine
Our spinal column is an intricate combination of bones, ligaments, nerves, joints, tendons, and muscles. Our spine protects the spinal cord and several internal organs. It also provides our body its structural support to help us maintain balance and the ability to stand upright. Lastly, it allows for our body’s flexible motion.
Together with the brain, it becomes our body’s central nervous system which passes messages between the brain and other parts of our body. Thus, it becomes obvious that a spinal deformity like scoliosis can affect other areas of the body.
Early Detection Of Scoliosis
Young children diagnosed with scoliosis have no real symptoms like pain yet. Adolescents will not have any noticeable pain, but their gait and posture may change. If children and teens begin treatments, any complications may be averted as they get older.
Adults with undiagnosed or untreated scoliosis can develop many negative effects on their body.
The Effects Of Scoliosis On Our Body
Untreated scoliosis becomes more painful as the misalignment becomes more severe and affects many areas of the body.
Lung Function Impairment
A severe curvature will affect the lungs and its ability to move air in and out. This can occur with exercise, any exertion, or even while resting. It becomes a chronic inability to take deep breaths and feels like you can’t catch your breath.
Back Pain And Radiating Pain
Chronic pain in the back and neck can radiate to the shoulders, arms, legs, and feet.
Digestive System Problems
Untreated scoliosis can lead to difficulty digesting food and problems with bowel function.
Balance And Equilibrium Shift
With a severe curvature someone’s center of gravity can shift making it difficult to walk and remain in balance. Combined with osteoarthritis, it can lead to many falls and fractures.
Tension headaches are common due to the tight neck muscles trying to stabilize the cervical curve, and in addition, scoliosis can disrupt the flow and recirculation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), causing low levels in the brain resulting in migraine headaches.
Other effects include the following:
- Premature heart failure
- Menstrual cycle irregularities
- Sleep issues
- Anxiety and depression
The earlier treatment is initiated, the more likely a curvature can be reduced, slowing down the progression of scoliosis and all its side effects.
That is precisely why treating scoliosis early is important.