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Just like levoscoliosis, lumbar scoliosis is another type of classic scoliosis. This time, lumbar scoliosis does not refer to the direction of the backbone curvature, but rather to its position on the body: the bend of the spine is situated in the patients' lumbar region, more commonly known as the lower back. The backbone stays straight throughout the entire ribcage and the abdomen. However, once it reaches the pelvic area and a little over it, it starts to bend. The direction of the bend (left, right, forward, backward) is irrelevant. Of course, some of those curvatures are more dangerous than others.
For example, if the bend is lateral (left or right), then the lumbar scoliosis that affects the patient is not all that serious. Sure, it hurts and it changes the posture of the sufferer, but it surely does not pose a serious threat to the ill person. However, if that curvature goes forward or backward, then some glitches may surface. Obviously, the lumbar area of the body hosts the kidneys. If the lumbar scoliosis makes the spine go forward, then the kidneys could be affected severely, leading to all sorts of unwanted situations, from difficulty urinating to kidney failure (in extreme cases). On the other hand, if the bend is backwards, then the abdominal cavity suddenly gets bigger and the inner stability of the organs tends to disappear. Do not fret, though. Most of these lumbar problems are discovered early on and the vast majority of patients suffer from lateral lumbar scoliosis.
Lumbar scoliosis pictures
Lumbar scoliosis symptoms are similar to classic scoliosis symptoms: pain in the patients' lumbar area, followed by a change in posture and an obviously modified backbone. This time, though, the pain is much more intense and it might show up, at first, as a pain during urination. After a while, whenever the patient relieves himself or herself, the pain and burn of urinating will start to translate into pain in the lower back. Eventually, the pain will be constant. If you take a closer look at the back muscles right at the time when the pain seems to not go away anymore, you will notice one thing: the muscles do not relax. No matter the position of the body, the muscles surrounding the spine in the lumbar area do not unclench. Even more, by the time you notice that something is wrong, the damage could be permanent.
And that brings us to the category of people that are usually affected by lumbar scoliosis. This disease prefers people over 50, not youngsters, like other type of scoliosis. This is easily explainable by the fact that, at this age, people have problems with their posture, their hips or their legs. In this case, there is no predilection for women over men, both being equally predisposed to developing a nasty case of scoliosis.
Degenerative lumbar scoliosis causes
Degenerative lumbar scoliosis affects only people over 50, contrary to classic lumbar scoliosis, who might appear in younger persons as well. There are few things that can be said about this type of scoliosis that have not already been said, but the main difference is the causes. Degenerative scoliosis has nothing to do with genetics or birth defects and everything to do with reaching old age. As soon as the body stops functioning properly, the calcium needed by the bones to stay strong is not produced in the necessary quantities or, sometimes, not produced at all. This leads to a whole other array of problems, the least of which is scoliosis. Basically, the reason behind this bend of the spine is osteoporosis, a terrible disease which causes holes in the bones.
With enough calcium supplements and with some specific scoliosis exercises, the patient should be able to lead a normal and healthy life as long as he or she does not make a habit of lifting heavy weights or running everyday.
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