Side Effects of Scoliosis

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  • Patients with severe scoliosis have a higher risk for breathing problems and lung and heart damage
  • In some cases, it can also be determined that a scoliosis patient has a disability due to inflammatory arthritis or a mental illness

Most people with scoliosis have a mild form of the disease. However, scoliosis can trigger these uncomfortable complications in some patients:1,2

Changes in appearance, especially as the scoliosis worsens, such as unequal shoulder levels, prominent ribs, uneven hips and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side

Reduced self-esteem and increased self-consciousness

Higher risk for chronic back pain among adults who already had scoliosis as children

Persistent pain if there is wear and tear of the spinal bones

Spinal infection after surgery

Spinal or nerve damage from an uncorrected curve or spinal surgery

Patients with severe scoliosis have a higher risk for breathing problems and lung and heart damage. There is a tendency for the rib cage to press against the lungs and heart, making it difficult for the patient to breathe and for the heart to pump.

On the other hand, according to Jane Paterson, a registered nurse, Pilates teacher and Pilates teacher trainer based in Australia,3 patients diagnosed with idiopathic and acquired scoliosis are likely to experience:4

Neck tension and cervical spine problems

Upper back problems linked with the loss of normal thoracic kyphosis, and faults in the strength and performance of the intercostals and thoracic paraspinal muscles

Compromised respiratory function linked with the loss of the normal thoracic kyphosis

Shoulder problems linked with impaired pectoral girdle alignment and scapular mobility

Lower back problems caused by the pelvis rotating and/or tilting

Faults in and between the right and left iliopsoas muscles, and the right and left side of the anterior abdominal wall muscles

Non-specific back pain possibly linked to a loss of spine mobility and erector spinae muscle performance

Loss of hip mobility linked to poor pelvic alignment, and impaired performance of the iliopsoas, gluteal and quadriceps muscles

Knee, ankle and foot problems caused by faults in the alignment of the pelvis, lower limbs and feet, and by the length and performance of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles

Is Scoliosis a Disability?

Scoliosis can be considered a disability if the disease is severe enough to trigger problems with the spine and it negatively affects breathing or the heart. A patient with these problems can be named as a disabled person with either a spine-related condition or a respiratory or cardiovascular disorder. In some cases, it can also be determined that a scoliosis patient has a disability due to inflammatory arthritis or a mental illness.5

If a patient isn’t permitted by Social Security to be listed as a disabled person for certain reasons, legal website NOLO points out that the patient can still be eligible for disability benefits. This can happen if the patient isn’t able to return to work because of possible physical, mental and sensory limitations.

MORE ABOUT SCOLIOSIS

Scoliosis: Introduction

What is Scoliosis?

Types of Scoliosis

Severe Scoliosis

Scoliosis Symptoms

Dealing with Scoliosis-Related Pain

Scoliosis Causes

Scoliosis Side Effects

Scoliosis Treatment

Scoliosis Back Braces

Yoga for Scoliosis

Exercises for Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis Surgeries

Scoliosis Prevention

Diet for Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis FAQ



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