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Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis

Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis Causes

Unknown that is why it is classified as idiopathic.

Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis Definition

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a condition characterized by a side curvature of the spine, either to the left or to the right. AIS can occur in individuals from 10 years of age until maturity. It is called idiopathic because the cause of the curvature is still unknown. Genes are suspected for playing a big part in this condition.

Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of AIS include back pain, having abnormal gait, discrepancy in the lengths of the legs and uneven hips. Some patients with AIS displays a very obvious curvature of the spine to one side. One of the very first indication of AIS is when clothes do not fit properly.

Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis Treatment

The purpose of treating AIS is to strengthen and balance the spine. The treatment for AIS can either be surgical or non-surgical. Non-surgical treatments are given to patients whose back curvature is between 20 to 40 degrees. The treatment usually employs the use of a back brace. For curves that do not respond well to non-surgical treatments, then the only option that remains is surgery. Surgery for AIS involves special implants such as hooks, wires, screws and rods. It is important to known the surgery is not a cure for scoliosis. It is only a way to correct the curvature.

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