Pectus carinatum, better known as “pigeon chest” is a rare deformity that occurs in around one in 1,500 births. Males are more commonly affected by pigeon chest than females. Early symptoms vary from case to case and the cause of it is unknown, although it is linked with other diseases.
Scoliosis is one of the most common conditions among adolescents in the world. According to Paul Sponseller, M.D., nearly 3 million new scoliosis cases are registered every year, in the US alone. What most people fail to realize is that scoliosis is a serious disease that affects people of all ages, genders, and races. Today, we’re going to talk about adult patients, the importance of recognizing early signs of the condition, and how scoliosis bracing for adults can help you deal with it seamlessly.
Scoliosis affects between 6 and 9 million people in the United States. While scoliosis occurs equally among males and females, it mostly affects young people. A vast majority of patients are teenagers. However, people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s can also develop scoliosis.
While most scoliosis cases are mild, if not treated in time, they can become dangerous. Today, we’re going to discuss adult scoliosis and learn:
There are many different spine conditions common in adults. Some of them are developed by unhealthy postures, while others have origins in our genetic inheritance.
Scoliosis is specific because scientists are not sure what causes such a condition. The common belief is genetic inheritance, yet it tends to appear on patients without any prior scoliosis history in their family line.
A few things can be done to treat scoliosis – one of them is using a prosthesis known as scoliosis braces. Below, we're going to discuss a bit more about the types of scoliosis braces, which type might fit your needs, and how the results differ from scoliosis treatment exercises.
Many different types of orthoses and braces serve many different purposes. Spine alignment braces can help those who have scoliosis, cervical orthoses help support your neck and chin, and knee orthoses can help you heal after knee surgery.
However, the most popular type of orthoses is AFO, making up over 26% of all orthoses provided in the US. But what is an AFO exactly? And more importantly, how do you wear and maintain it properly? Let’s take a closer look to find out.
How to Prepare Your Child for Chest Bracing. Chest deformities usually occur during early childhood and only get visible when the child hits puberty. Although these conditions occur in a small percentage of children – only around 1 in 300 kids experience it – that still means that millions of children have suffered from it.
When this happens to your child, you have to be there to provide the proper emotional support for them and guide them through the process of recovery to the best of your abilities. Today, we’re going to discuss how to prepare your child for chest bracing.
“If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.” – Aristotle
Scoliosis affects between 2% and 3% of the world’s population. That may sound like a small number at first, but when you realize that between 140,000,000 and 210,000,000 people suffer from it, you understand that scoliosis is nothing to take easy.
While most people are aware of it, a huge number of people don’t seem to understand it completely. And that’s why we’re here today. We’re going to go over the history of scoliosis, it’s present, and see what the future holds for the treatment of the disease.
Without further ado, let’s see when we first became aware of scoliosis.
Some people fail to take chest disorders seriously because only 1.03% of people suffer from it. However, chest disorders are a serious matter and should be treated as such. A seemingly simple chest disorder can lead to serious conditions such as hyperventilation, chronic respiratory failure, and in extreme cases, even death.
But let’s start from the beginning. What is even considered a chest wall disorder?
The first mention of scoliosis was in the 5th century BC. Although thousands of years have passed since its first diagnosis (quite literally), its cause remains largely unknown. Still, the condition accounts for over 20% of all spinal deformity cases in the US, and finding an effective treatment is critical.
So far, only three types of treatments have proven to be relatively effective:
Bracing is the preferred choice, especially among younger patients, as it can prevent further degeneration of the spine. Many adults wear braces as well, although their reasons might differ.
Let’s take a look at why adults would need scoliosis braces and see which braces are the most commonly used.
Scoliosis is a unique medical condition that can have a severe impact on the patient’s quality of life. It affects between six to nine million people in the USA or about two to three percent of the population.
There are a few different treatments for scoliosis, and a doctor will recommend one of the following depending on the severity of the case:
Surgery would be recommended in more extreme cases. A combination of bracing and exercise is often used among adolescents and adults with less severe scoliosis. The most effective type of exercise is known as Schroth Therapy, which can prove to be very beneficial to many patients.
So, let’s dive deeper into this therapy and see whether it’s a treatment you should discuss with your doctor.