Spinal deformities can occur in both children and adults, and oftentimes, they develop as we age, our muscles weaken and the cartilage between our vertebrae degenerates. However, there are several types of spinal deformities, and depending on the condition and its progression, treatment options are available to you.
The most common spinal deformities are characterized by abnormal curvatures which, in many patients, never present noticeable problems. If left untreated however, added strain and stress can be put on the spinal column resulting in pressure buildup, disc degeneration and pain.
Three off the most common types of spinal deformities are scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis, also known as “sway back.” Scoliosis is defined as a condition affecting the frontal portion of the spine and occurs when the spine curves abnormally to the left or right. Commonly developed during childhood, scoliosis is most easily treated during that time.
Kyphosis is defined as an unnatural hunching or humping of the upper back while lordosis affects the lower portion of the back.
If you feel pressure, added strain or have visible, unnatural curvature of the spine, it’s important that you see a specialist as soon as possible to correct the condition in it’s earliest phase of development.