What is a Levocurvature of the lumbar spine?

What is a Levocurvature of the lumbar spine?

What is a Levocurvature of the lumbar spine?

Levoscoliosis. The opposite of dextroscoliosis, levoscoliosis is characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that goes to the left, known as levocurvature. While this form of scoliosis typically affects the lumbar spine, it may affect the thoracic spine in some cases.

How do you treat levoscoliosis?

Levoscoliosis treatment options

  1. Wait and watch. Children who are still growing and have mild scoliosis will get rechecked every 6 months to see if the curve is getting worse.
  2. Back brace.
  3. Chiropractic treatment.
  4. Surgery.
  5. Exercise.
  6. Treatment considerations.

Is Levocurvature normal?

‘Levo’ means ‘left’ and ‘dextro’ means ‘right’. Therefore, if a person is diagnosed with levoscoliosis, this means their scoliosis is atypical and curves to the left; if a person is diagnosed with dextroscoliosis, this means their curvature is typical and bends to the right, away from the heart.

How does Levoscoliosis affect the heart?

A severely curved spine can distort the rib cage, and a severely distorted rib cage can leave the heart and lungs with too little room to beat / inflate. Thus, heart failure is a possible outcome of severe progressive scoliosis – but again, it’s important to bear in mind that is an extremely rare occurrence.

How do you sleep with Levoscoliosis?

For levoscoliosis in the thoracic spine, when sleeping on the back, a thin pillow placed under the shoulder blades can sometimes help in distributing pressure. For side-sleepers, often a pillow placed between the legs can bring relief by helping to open up the spinal canal.

What health problems can scoliosis cause?

Complications of scoliosis can include:

  • Breathing problems (in severe scoliosis)
  • Low back pain.
  • Lower self-esteem.
  • Persistent pain if there is wear and tear of the spine bones.
  • Spinal infection after surgery.
  • Spine or nerve damage from an uncorrected curve or spinal surgery.
  • Leakage of spinal fluid.

How can I prevent my scoliosis from getting worse?

Basically, the best way to stop scoliosis from getting worse is by not trying to simply hold the curvature in place, but actively reducing it. Leaving a curvature untreated and simply hoping it will get better leads to more progression and wastes valuable treatment time.

Does scoliosis hurt all the time?

Usually the curve is mild and doesn’t affect your appearance or health. Yet it can get worse over time. It can also cause back pain and other health problems. Scoliosis can affect children or adults.

Is Levoscoliosis a disability?

This sideways curvature of the spine can have many side effects and health problems. So, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits for scoliosis disorder. If you are wondering whether scoliosis is a disability, the answer is YES! It is a disability, and you can get disability benefits for it.

What kind of pain does scoliosis cause?

The compression caused by scoliosis can lead to back pain, but most commonly, it’s radiating pain in the legs and feet that bring adults in to see me. Weakness and numbness are also common aspects of scoliosis-related pain and related nerve issues. There is another form of the condition: adult de novo scoliosis.

Is levoscoliosis serious?

Severe scoliosis tends to occur less often, but it can be very painful. Without treatment, this can lead to serious health risks. Health professionals consider levoscoliosis to be a particularly dangerous form of scoliosis because the heart is located in the left side of the body.

What is levoscoliosis of the cervical spine?

Levoscoliosis is a form of scoliosis where the spine abnormally twists or curves to the left, sometimes making a ‘C’ shape. From a side view, the spine typically curves to some extent at the neck and lower back, forming a wide “S” shape. But from the back and front view, the spine usually appears mostly straight.

How do you sleep with levoscoliosis?

Is levoscoliosis a disability?