How scoliosis affects quality of life and health
If a person suffers from a multitude of diseases, then their cause should be sought in spinal disorders. So claimed the ancient healer Hippocrates. Modern studies have fully confirmed the assumption of the founder of medicine. One can only wonder how Hippocrates could guess about the close relationship without having an X-ray unit. So, what is the effect of scoliosis on the human body? What happens to the internal organs?
What is scoliosis?
A disease of the musculoskeletal system in which the spine is pathologically curved is called scoliosis. The disease usually develops in childhood, and begins to progress in adolescence, during the period of active development of the skeletal system.
Scoliosis at the stage of progression is classified into 4 degrees:
The spinal column is bent from the base of the axis by no more than 10 degrees. Pathology may manifest as stoop. Visually notice asymmetrical signs impossible. The first degree of scoliosis does not adversely affect the internal organs.
Angle of curvature in the range of 11-25 degrees. Asymmetry of the pelvic and shoulders line becomes noticeable. Displaced vertebrae begin to put pressure on the adjacent internal organs.
The spine is twisted at 26-50 degrees. Observed deformity of the chest, pronounced misalignment of the pelvic bones, one shoulder significantly higher than the other. At this stage, the hump begins to develop. Severe spinal deformity leads to a significant displacement or squeezing of the internal organs. A person often gets tired, even insignificant physical activity is heavy for him.
The most severe degree at which the angle of curvature is more than 50 degrees. The patient has asymmetry, a rib hump is formed, the chest is deformed. With this degree of curvature, all internal organs are affected. The patient is given a disability. A person needs help because he cannot serve himself.
In the last stage of scoliosis a person is very helpless.
At the place of curvature, scoliosis can be:
cervical (the rarest pathology);
lumbar (most common curvature).
The effect of scoliosis on the body
How does scoliosis affect health? Pathology seriously worsens the psycho-emotional state of a person. Unhappy shy of his body, trying to show less among people, prefers to wear baggy clothes. He closes and feels unnecessary and rejected. This leads to severe forms of depression.
Scoliosis has a negative effect not only on psychological, but also on physiological health. The disease disrupts the internal organs. The digestive, cardiovascular, urogenital and respiratory systems suffer the most.
The following violations occur:
The curved spine is shifted to the side, shifting the internal organs in its path.
Muscle tissues, ligaments, supporting organs, stretch unnaturally. This leads to the development of muscle deformities.
Nerve endings are trapped. There is pain in the back. Neurological disorders (finger numbness, paresis, paralysis) begin to develop.
Stretched vessels are not able to provide good nutrition to internal organs. The lack of nutrients affects their functioning. Diseases develop.
From the spinal cord localized in the spinal column, nerve fibers extend to the internal organs. They are responsible for the correct operation of the entire system. Curvature of the vertebrae leads to pain and the development of diseases in those organs for which nerve fibers are responsible.
Which consequences of scoliosis will prevail depends on which part of the spinal column is curved.
Curvature of the spine in the neck – a rare phenomenon and at the same time very dangerous. Even minor scoliosis can lead to disc displacement and the development of serious pathologies.
The danger of cervical curvature is dictated by the following features:
in the cervical zone are the most fragile and small vertebrae;
through the spinal column pass all the major vessels, nerves that connect the brain with internal organs;
the neck does not have a muscular corset that could hold the vertebrae in the anatomically correct position.
What are the consequences for the human body can cause cervical scoliosis? Curvature of the spine in this area can cause disturbances in the work of such organs:
Brain. Blood circulation is deteriorating. A person is confronted with headaches, sudden dizziness, nervousness appears. Further progression of scoliosis leads to a decrease in intellectual abilities, memory impairment. In severe cases, stroke may occur.
ENT organs. Insufficient blood circulation leads to the development of diseases of the sinuses (sinusitis, frontal sinusitis), and throat (pharyngitis, laryngitis). The hearing may decrease.
Eye. Visual acuity falls, blindness begins to develop.
Thyroid gland. Disrupted nutrition leads to excessive or insufficient synthesis of thyroid hormones. Disturbed metabolic processes.