Escoliose Torácica

  • O que é Escoliose Torácica?

    Scoliosis is abnormal curvatures of the spinal column that in a normal spine do not exist. It is more common among the female population than in males. Signs of scoliosis are typically detected rather late, in the teen years but if children were evaluated earlier, we can see signs as early as eight years old.

  • Sintomas de Escoliose Torácica

    There are often no symptoms of scoliosis, but some people complain of back pain and neck pain. Severe scoliosis can cause trouble breathing and deformation of the ribs surrounding the lungs. Chronic low back pain is a frequent symptom among adult patients.

  • Causas de Escoliose Torácica

    The cause of scoliosis is “idiopathic”, literally meaning…no one knows the cause. There are many theories suggesting that as a child develops and grows quickly, the bony structures of the spine grow faster than the soft tissues and spinal cord. The body appears to form these abnormal curves as a protective mechanism. It is perplexing to the medical community because, without a cause, it is difficult to prevent.
    There are also various types of scoliosis. Some abnormal spinal curves are caused by poor posture when sitting, standing, sleeping, driving etc., which can lead to shortening of muscles on one side of the spine and stretching on the other, creating an imbalance and abnormal curves. Severe trauma such as a fractured or infected vertebra can be the starting point of a scoliosis in some cases. Sometimes, one leg can be shorter than the other, causing a misalignment of the pelvis and the low back, this causes compensation of the other curves.
    Not all scoliosis are the same, some are far more severe than others but typically are not life threatening though they can lead to pain, stiffness and self-esteem issues if severe.
  • Como nós tratamos de Escoliose Torácica

    As with everyone who comes into our clinics, you will be fully evaluated with a physical exam, orthopaedic and neurological testing. You will need X rays of your spine as the diagnosing of Scoliosis.
    We approach scoliosis as a normal variant of the spine rather than a disease. Specific spinal treatment combined with exercise and home care will help to correct a scoliosis. The younger the patient, the greater the success of correction. After puberty, making major structural changes is more challenging. In that case, our approach is to ensure that every bone and joint in your spine moves freely and the muscles that support your spine are strong and flexible. This way, we can avoid complications such as pain and stiffness.
    Some Orthopaedic doctors will recommend a scoliosis brace. It has been our experience that combining the use of the brace and following our treatment protocols gets the best results at decreasing the severity of the scoliosis.