What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition that causes abnormal curvature of the spine. This condition affects over 4% of the population, and it can contribute to a number of health issues, including:
  • Back pain
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Visible prominences
  • Compromised breathing
Note that the term ‘scoliosis’ specifically refers to lateral – that is, sideways – spinal curvature. If the spine curves forward or inward, this is referred to as either hyperkyphosis (an exaggerated forward curve of the upper back or thoracic spine) or hyperlordosis (an excessive inward arching of the lower back or lumbar spine).

Spinal conditions

Causes of Scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be caused by medical conditions such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy; however, in around 80% of cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown.

Scoliosis usually develops during adolescence, and the majority of scoliotics are female.

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Symptoms of Scoliosis

When diagnosing a patient with suspected scoliosis, a medical professional will usually look for the following symptoms:
  • Leaning to one side
  • Shoulders not the same height
  • One shoulder blade more prominent than the other
  • Uneven hips, waist, legs and/or rib cage
While curvature of the spine often results in back pain, this is not considered a key scoliosis symptom, since back pain alone is not sufficient evidence for a diagnosis.

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What is Hyperkyphosis?

Hyperkyphosis (also known as ‘hyperkyphotic posture’) is another condition that results in excessive curvature of the spine. Whereas scoliosis causes the spine to curve sideways, hyperkyphosis affects the upper region of the spine, causing it to curve forwards between the shoulder blades.

Hyperkyphosis affects roughly 8% of the population, and unlike scoliosis, it is more common in males. Hyperkyphosis can lead to:
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Postural changes (forward flexion)
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How Can Scoliosis SOS Help?

At Scoliosis SOS, we are proud of our unsurpassed track record of consistently excellent results with no side effects or invasive, risky procedures.

Our ScolioGold method comprises a variety of non-surgical spinal treatments from around the world. Using these methods, our therapists are able to help scoliosis and hyperkyphosis patients to overcome these conditions without the need for surgery. For scoliosis patients, we offer a programme designed to help the patient adopt a more central, balanced posture; our hyperkyphosis patients follow a slightly different treatment that focuses on encouraging them to stand taller and give them a more upright posture.

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All of our patients, regardless of their age or type of spinal deformity, have noticed a dramatic improvement in their overall fitness, wellbeing and appearance. Patients and their families often start to notice the physical and emotional improvement only a few days into the course.

The ScolioGold course increases postural awareness, reduces pain, improves appearance of back shape and stops the progression of spinal conditions. The treatment enables patients to learn an individualised and specific exercise programme which can be performed on a daily basis at home to maintain and further improve their correction.

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