Scoliosis: A Very Common Problem In Women

In the case of women, scoliosis can be even more problematic and painful due to menopause and osteoporosis, although it is possible to try to alleviate it from different approaches.
Scoliosis: a very common problem in women

Scoliosis refers to a condition in which our spine shows an abnormal curvature.

It is likely that when pronouncing or reading this word, we immediately think of children, of the congenital problem with which many little ones come into the world and which, in most cases, can be corrected with the right appliances.

However, a good number of people who have this condition are not children, nor do they have a congenital or idiopathic origin.

In fact, a good percentage of the population shows some form of scoliosis as a result of a slow process of osteoporosis.

These are women who, because of menopause, suffer twists or rotations of the curve of the spine to the point where on radiographs it is possible to see “C” or “S” shapes.

It should be said that this deformation, in addition, is painful, affects the postural axis and, in some cases, can be severe, reaching a deformity in which the person notices how their spine melts inwards or how their pelvis deviates towards a side.

Since this is a topic that is not often talked about, it is necessary to go deeper into its symptoms and treatment.

Scoliosis most often affects women

Scoliosis in women

Congenital scoliosis also affects, to a slightly greater extent, girls more than boys.

In turn, when adulthood is reached, it is women who experience greater bone and joint problems.

Thus, scoliosis is a condition that can appear strikingly once menopause is reached.

Thanks to a study carried out at the John Hopkins Hospital and published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology , this data has been confirmed once again. However, some other information of interest was also discovered.

One of them is the fact that most cases are mild scoliosis, and only 17% are moderate or severe cases.

Why does scoliosis appear?

Scoliosis in adults is called degenerative scoliosis and, just with the name, it already gives us clear clues as to the origin and cause that determine this abnormal curvature in the spine.

  • In general, scoliosis in adults is evident after 65 years of age.
  • However, in women, it can start giving clues after the age of 40, or in their 50s.
  • It is then that the effects of menopause aggravate the quality, strength and endurance of our bones and joints.
  • Furthermore, it should be remembered that osteoarthritis and arthrosis are located in a very special way in these smaller joints of the spine.

What are the symptoms of degenerative scoliosis?

Scoliosis

At first, this slight deformity does not give excessive clues. Some people think that this is a simple problem with the ligaments.

However, little by little we can experience numbness, tingling in the middle and lower back, tingling in the hands and legs…

  • It is common to feel very tired.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to breathe.
  • The pain is more intense in the morning and when we spend a long time sitting, that is, at rest, the symptoms worsen.

The symptoms, as expected, are more evident when the person already notices the deformity: a deviated back, one shoulder that rises more than the other, a slight “hunchback”, noticing that we have lost a few centimeters in height, etc.

Differences between degenerative scoliosis and juvenile scoliosis

Scoliosis in teenagers can appear between 10 and 18 years of age without knowing why. As we talked about at the beginning, scoliosis is, in most cases, congenital.

However, in the case of degenerative scoliosis we know the cause. What’s even more important: spinal deviation tends to increase by at least 1 or 2 degrees per year.

Treatment for scoliosis in adults is usually not focused on correcting the problem, but rather on avoiding pain.

Treatment for Scoliosis in Adults

Treatment for Scoliosis

Surgical treatment is not always possible or recommended. Thus, the patient must focus on the problem from a multidimensional point of view with the help of the right professionals.

For this, we have the following approaches:

  • Pharmacological: there are several medications to relieve pain, such as the classic ibuprofen, which can reduce the level of inflammation in the joints. Epidural injections are another option.
  • Physical therapies: In this case we would have from the help of physiotherapists to aquatic therapies or chiropractic, alternative or complementary medicine that helps us to treat several musculoskeletal problems.

The ideal is not to stay with just one focus. To improve our quality of life in the case of scoliosis, we must use everything that good professionals recommend to us.

Thus, we can make use of new therapies and strategies that help us to have a better quality of life, as much as possible.

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