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...
Prognosis In general, the severity of the scoliosis depends on the degree of the curvature and whether it threatens vital organs, specifically the lungs and heart. Mild Scoliosis (less than 20 degrees). Mild scoliosis is not serious and requires no treatment other than monitoring. Moderate Scoliosis (between 25 and 70 degrees). It is still not clear whether untreated moderate scoliosis causes significant health problems later on. Severe Scoliosis (over 70 degrees). If the curvature exceeds 70 degrees, the severe twisting of the spine that occurs in structural scoliosis can cause the ribs to press against the lungs, restrict breathing, and reduce oxygen levels. The distortions may also cause dangerous changes in the heart. Very Severe Scoliosis (Over 100 degrees). Eventually, if the curve reaches over 100 degrees, both the lungs and heart can be injured. Patients with this degree of severity are susceptible to lung infections and pneumonia. Curves greater than 100 degrees increase mortality...
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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