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Introduction to sclerosis of the spine

When a person has sclerosis of the spine the spine takes on a curved shape that often resembles the letters “C” or “S” and the spine is not straight as it should be.

It is a medical condition in which the tissues and other parts of the spine become hardened and stiff.

Sclerosis can occur to other parts of the body as well and it usually involves inflammation that is caused by a faulty immune system.

Sclerosis of the spine is notices when the spin is twisted at various locations, usually in the middle or end parts of the spine.

Multiple sclerosis is a common problem in which the various parts of the nervous system are damaged. A rare sclerosis is systemic sclerosis, in which the tissues thicken, and tuberous sclerosis is another rare condition which causes tumors in various organs.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a very serious condition and neurological disorder which can cripple a person completely.

There is also lichen sclerosis which is more of a skin related condition that dermatologists often see.

Causes

It is hard to say what causes sclerosis of the spine, even after getting diagnosed with it.

Some believe that it is related to family genetics and hereditary problems. Sclerosis cannot be prevented but there are steps that can be taken in order to forgo complications.

One of the main causes of such spinal problems are congenital defects or uneven leg length.

An injury or damage to the central nervous system is often responsible for sclerosis of the spine.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of spine sclerosis include reduced lung capacity and increase pressure on the heart, especially during strenuous physical activities.

Other symptoms include uneven muscles on each side of the spin and slow nerve responses. A person with this problem may also have uneven leg or hip length and asymmetric breasts, especially in females.Treatment

The treatment for sclerosis of the spin depends on at what stage the problem was diagnosed.

Some treatments that are common include physiotherapy and physical therapy but the effectiveness of such treatments will depend on the curve size in the spine and the patients maturity and injuries.

It is important to learn about proper posture and how to sit, stand and sleep properly in order to give the spine a maximum level of support.

There are also devices that can be fitted onto the torso to help fix the position of the spine and support that entire part of the body, from the lower torso all the way up to the neck.

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