The chronic pain from scoliosis deserves special consideration. This skeletal deformity of the spine can be obvious or obscure. Either way, scoliosis can cause a pain in the neck, mid-back, or low back. What exactly is scoliosis? In technical terms, scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine occurring in the coronal plane.
What the heck does that mean?
If you look at a normal spine from the back, the spine lines up, like an "I", straight from head to tail. If you look at a spine with scoliosis from the back, the normal straight line of the spine is curved like a "C" or an "S" or an evil looking snake. Seventy percent of the cases are classified as "Idiopathic Scoliosis", meaning that the cause is unknown. Sometimes scoliosis occurs in the infantile stage (below the age of 4 years old). Sometimes scoliosis occurs in the juvenile stage (ages 4 years to 9 years). However, most of the time, scoliosis occurs in adolescents (from age 10 years old to skeletal maturity). A majority of Adol...
Risk Factors Risk Factors for Idiopathic Scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis, the most common form, occurs most often during the growth spurt right before and during adolescence. (Between 12 - 21% of idiopathic cases occur in children ages 3 - 10 years, and less than 1% in infants.) Mild curvature (under 20 degrees) occurs about equally in girls and boys, but curve progression is 10 times more likely to occur in girls. Being taller than average at earlier ages may put some girls at risk, but other factors must be present to produce scoliosis. A risk factor that affects females is delayed onset of menstruation, which can prolong the growth spurt period, thus increasing the possibility for the development of scoliosis. Risk Factors for Curvature Progression. Once scoliosis is diagnosed, it is very difficult to predict who is at highest risk for curve progression. About 2 - 4% of all adolescents develop curvature of 10 degrees or more, but only about 0.3 - 0.5% of teenagers have curves greater...
Like a lot of people, I hate to work out. Going to the gym seems like a chore and I’m great at coming up with excuses not to go, such as “It’s too far” or “I’m hungry. I’ll just make dinner first, and I have SO MANY other things to do.” My personal philosophy on exercise is that it should only be performed when disguised by nature or fun. So I have listed here a few ways that I have found to incorporate more exercise into my life.
1. Disguise walking with nature or a favorite other activity like window shopping.
I found a park near me with a walking and biking path that circles a pretty lake. I walk there on weekends to get out in the sun, enjoy the people watching and to disguise the workout by admiring the beautiful scenery.
Check out your city or county department of recreation, nature preserve, state park or bird sanctuary for planned nature walks and bird watching.
2. Buy or rent exercise videos.
Exercise videos do tend to get boring when watched repeatedly. But they ...
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