Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pectus Excavatum and Scoliosis In Teens

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine and is often associated with those diagnosed with pectus excavatum. It's important to mention that being diagnosed with scoliosis and pectus excavatum is a mere coincidence. There is no significant evidence that pectus excavatum can cause scoliosis, in fact, it is a mild catalyst but not a sole cause of the curvature, it may be caused by other factors.

Is There A Link Between Scoliosis and Pectus Excavatum?

From the understanding that I've come across, pectus excavatum cannot cause scoliosis directly. Scoliosis has been seen to be developed in many ways and can even be genetic. Teenagers are more likely to get scoliosis than any other group, however, adults may also develop scoliosis from natural degeneration. The scoliosis developed in those with pectus excavatum may have come from incorrect posture during younger years of life. If the curvature is less than 20 degrees, surgery is not needed however stretches will help. If the curvature of the spine is above 20 degrees, you may need to wear a corrective back brace or proceed with a surgery. Some children are born with scoliosis (congenital scoliosis).

If you already have scoliosis, it is possible to slow the progression of scoliosis through stretches and corrective braces, but do not take it as a cure.
(this article is subject to change with updated information)