Scoliosis is a condition of the spine that is characterized by side-ways curvature. Usually, this condition develops during growth spurts just before puberty. Though scoliosis can be caused by disorders such as cerebral palsy or a muscular dystrophy, most cases have an idiopathic origin. Children diagnosed with scoliosis may develop spine malformations or a deformity that gets more severe as they grow. But most of the time in most cases, scoliosis are mild. However, those who have severe scoliosis may found it to be disabling. A severe spinal curve can reduce the space in the chest resulting in the lungs’ inability to function properly.
What causes Scoliosis?
More than half of all reported cases of Scoliosis don’t have a cause and it is called as idiopathic. However, there are those cases of scoliosis that have a definite cause. Experts have divided those curves into two categories: structural scoliosis and the nonstructural.
The nonstructural scoliosis is where the spine is curved but its working fine. Usually, this condition occurs if there are instances such as one leg is shorter than the other leg, or if there is inflammation like appendicitis. When these conditions are treated, scoliosis goes away, while the structural scoliosis is the type where scoliosis can’t be reversed. The causes include:
- Genetic disorders such as Down syndrome or Marfan syndrome
- Birth defects
- Muscular dystrophy
- Cerebral palsy
Additionally, congenital scoliosis can begin at the baby’s development in the womb. Often it is because of problems in the tiny backbones that can cause the spine to curve. The vertebrae may fail to divide properly.
If you think you are suffering from Scoliosis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Scoliosis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).