Scoliosis is a condition where the spine is curved out of its normal shape. It can occur in children as well as adults, but the outlook for children is usually better. This is because their spines will often grow and be corrected naturally as they do so. In the case of adults other treatments are sought to correct the curvature so it does not affect them in the future.
Scoliosis tends to be more common in people who are older. It can occur in varying degrees, so while some elderly people may only be partially affected, others might be affected more profoundly. Children aren’t usually in pain from scoliosis but adults very often will be. Treatments can vary but for adults painkillers are the usual first line of defence. Exercises are also recommended but an expert will advise on specific types of exercise that should help to strengthen the muscles in the back. In some more severe cases surgery can also be recommended but this is always as a last option as it is one of the more dangerous types of surgery that can be attempted. It all depends on the severity of the condition and when it is diagnosed.
How would your life be changed if you were not properly diagnosed?
A failure to diagnose scoliosis can lead to further problems if it is allowed to progress without treatment. Sometimes children can be lucky because they are still growing and therefore the condition can right itself without any need for treatment. However it is different for adults who are obviously already fully grown. In this case you will find that the curvature can get worse if it is not seen and recognised and treatment of one type or another is sought.
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Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim