Scoliosis Cause & Etiology By CSC Experts
Scoliosis cause and risk factors are an important topic of discussion for pateints and families alike. The most common cause is hereditary. But, other instances can also lead to scoliosis. Scoliotic conditions with known causes have better chances of recovery. Therefore, to recover faster, you will need a highly knowledgeable scoliosis team to assess you thoroughly. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature evident in the coronal plane (front or back views of one’s spine). It is important not to confuse a scoliotic curve with that of the normal spine contours (curvatures) as observed from the side (sagittal plane).
This page is brought to you so that you may understand the common scoliosis cause scoliosis and risk factors. A discussion of the most common cause is incomplete without a review of the three most important categories of a scoliotic condition: congenital, idiopathic, and scoliosis due to a secondary cause. Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers the best chiropractic treatment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. What makes CSC’s scoliosis treatment better is that the chiropractic treatment you get is combined with clinical physiotherapy. The scoliosis care you will receive will be the most comprehensive treatment for a scoliotic spine.
Congenital scoliosis is a type of scoliosis that is present at birth. It is rare and occurs because the spine bones developed abnormally when the fetus was growing inside the mother’s uterus in the early development (first six weeks of embryonic formation). Congenital abnormalities in other body systems such as the heart, kidney, and spina bifida can be the causes of congenital scoliosis.
What Caused My Scoliosis?
Scoliosis causes due to secondary causes are categorized into a few types: Neuromuscular, syndromic, degenerative, injury to the spine, tumor, and infection. Neuromuscular scoliosis can be caused by cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. These medical conditions affect the nerves and muscles and consequently lead to scoliosis. They cause the muscles that support the spine structures to be weak. Syndromic scoliosis could be due to genetic conditions like Marfan’s syndrome, neurofibromatosis, and Down’s syndrome. Degenerative scoliosis tends to occur in older adults, and the cause is wear and tear of the spine with age. Osteoporosis is a risk factor in degenerative scoliosis.
Idiopathic is a word that comes from the Greek language; it means pathology unto itself. It means a condition that is not associated with any other disease or disorder. In the medical literature, idiopathic is widely used to indicate that the cause is unknown. The Four types of idiopathic scoliosis are categorized, all of which are age-based classification at the time of diagnosis or onset:
- Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis
- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
- Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis
Most Common Type is Adolescent Idiopathic or AIS
People of all ages can develop scoliosis. However, the most common type is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), which makes up about 80 to 85% of the total scoliosis population. AIS happens in teenagers/ children between the ages of 10 to 18 when they undergo a sudden growth spurt. The ratio of girls to boys is 7:1.
Scoliosis researchers have been putting in significant efforts toward identifying the cause of AIS, but unfortunately, to date, there are no definite answers as to what the causes for AIS are. The majority of AIS patients are healthy and have no medical complications. However, researchers have come up with several theories about the causes of AIS, including hereditary conditions, muscular imbalances, hormonal imbalances, and asymmetric growth of the spine.
Hereditary factors linked as a Cause in Scoliotic Conditions
Approximately 30% of AIS patients have a family history of scoliosis, which could indicate that AIS is a hereditary condition or a genetic defect that causes miscommunication between the brain and muscles. The results of abnormal spinal curvature are caused by the wrong signals being given by the brain to the muscles.
The hindbrain contains postural control centers that regulate many involuntary body functions such as heartbeat, digestion, and breathing. Spinal posture, just like other involuntary body functions, is an automatic neurological orientation to gravity. In scoliosis patients, these control center fail to alert the central nervous system of muscle imallances and problems. This leads to abnormal spinal curvature, which does not correct itself. In other words, the spinal muscles do not seem to get the right messages from the brain, leading to muscular imbalances in AIS.
Can Muscle Problems Cause Scoliosis?
Muscles are essential to our survival. Muscle programs lead to spine and joint issues that include scoliosis. In most cases, muscle problems are a leading contributor to the rapid progression of a scoliotic curve.
In puberty, bone, muscles, tendons, and ligaments grow at a rapid pace. At times, the bones outpace the growth of muscles and tendons. Issues developed with muscle growth fall behind the growth of bone. Juvenile and adolescent scoliosis pateints need specialized methods of assessments to assert uniform growth in both mussels and bones of the spine and limbs. Spinal muscle tensions and lengths need to be near-identical levels from side to side. Aso, spinal muscles need proper length and sufficient elasticity to provide normal and uniform ranges of motions. Muscle of the legs and arms also needs elasticity and proper length. Muscle tightness in pre-adolescence and during adolescence are abnormal findings in need of urgent care. CSC has the expertise and treatment methodologies that help lengthen these muscles for the scoliotic kids to prevent worsening and help correct the curve faster.
What is the Best Alternative To Scoliosis Surgery In Malaysia?
Chiropractic combined with physiotherapy as provided at CSC is an excellent alternative to scoliosis surgery in Malaysia. CSC’s clinical teams have in-depth understanding, expertise, and breakthrough spine technologies to help correct and stabilize a scoliotic spine. Non-surgical treatment of scoliosis needs a precision methodology that targets the causative factors that worsen the curve. The first step is a thorough assessment of the spine and extremities.
Spinal soft tissues are the main culprits in the development and worsening of a scoliotic curvature. In the spine, there are major muscles that aid in stability and movement, as well as intrinsic muscles. Scoliosis treatment as an alternative to surgery must incorporated treatments for the tight or shortened spinal muscles. CSC provides a detailed physical assessment of muscles to identify these muscles and soft tissues before formulating a treatment plan.
The muscles of the shoulder, buttocks, thighs, and legs need careful examination. Tight muscles are common in patients with scoliosis. Muscle tightening in scoliosis is the result of shortened muscles, which are familial or hereditary in nature. Identification of tight muscles and targeted stretches specific for scoliosis patients is critical.
We hope you understand the etiology and scoliosis causative. Scoliosis is treatable and manageable without surgery if caught early. CSC’s treatment program is an alternative to scoliosis surgery in Malaysia. Should you require any additional information on scoliosis causes or CSC’s scoliosis treatment program, please contact one of our centers near you today.