What is Neuromuscular Scoliosis
Neuromuscular scoliosis is an irregular spinal curvature often caused by a combination or specific disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and muscular system.
As a result of these issues the nerves and muscles are unable to maintain appropriate balance and alignment of the spine. Neuromuscular curves are often associated with pelvic obliquity, a condition in which the child’s pelvis is unevenly tilted with one side rather than the other. Frequently, kyphosis occurs at the same time.
When Will Neuromuscular Scoliosis Occur?
Compared to issues like idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis is much more likely to occur in childhood and continue to progress into adulthood. The more progressive curves will keep patients from normal activities, even walking properly.
Common Symptoms of Neuromuscular Scoliosis are:
- Neuromuscular Scoliosis often occurs without pain; therefore it must be identified by physical signs first, generally.
- Poor balance.
- Poor coordination in the neck, head, and back.
- Issues sitting properly.
- Issues walking properly.
- Inability to make normal everyday movements.
In order to treat Neuromuscular Scoliosis there are a number of options. Non-Surgical options are generally:
- Bracing: Reduces the curvature and relieves tension in the back and spine.
- Physical Therapy: To improve muscular strength while trying to reduce curvature and teach patients to perform tasks with the condition.
For most patients with a severe enough curvature surgical measures may be needed. Surgery hopes to:
- Prevent Curve Progression
- Improve balance and seating or standing position
- Reduce any pain
- Reposition the bones and vertebrae that may be out of place