Definition

What is levoscoliosis?

Levoscoliosis is a form of scoliosis in which 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.

In people with levoscoliosis, from the back view, the spine appears to take on a hard “C” or “S” shape, leaning to the left.

How common is levoscoliosis?

Levoscoliosis can start in people of all ages. It’s most commonly seen in young people when they grow quickly, around the ages of 10 to 15 years.

About 7 million people in the United States have some form of scoliosis. It affects people of all races, classes, and sexes. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of levoscoliosis?

In mild cases, patients may not experience any symptoms. However, in cases where the spine is significantly curved, patients can experience problems managing their day to day activities. This can include walking and bending down etc. Finding clothes that fit can also be difficult. Pain is an uncommon feature.

On examination, the spine is curved to the left. The opposite hip bone appears elevated as well. Patients may be slightly breathless due to the limited lung expansion within a narrowed thoracic cage.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you or your loved one has any signs or symptoms listed above or you have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Causes

What causes levoscoliosis?

There are no specific causes of Levoscoliosis, and the ones that do cause it are the ones that cause scoliosis in general. In many cases it is an abnormality that is present since birth that sometimes corrects itself. For approximately 80 percent of people who have scoliosis, the condition develops without an apparent cause or reason (idiopathic).

Less commonly, levoscoliosis may result from:

  • Birth defects: When the bones of the spine don’t form properly in the womb, it’s called congenital scoliosis.
  • Neuromuscular conditions: Certain diseases like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy can cause scoliosis.
  • Degenerative conditions: Arthritis, osteoporosis, compression fractures, and disc collapse can all lead to spinal curvature, especially in older adults.
  • Injury: Damage to the spine can result in scoliosis.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for levoscoliosis?

Anyone can develop levoscoliosis. A few risk factors to note include family history, age, and sex.

About 30 percent of young people with idiopathic scoliosis have a family history of the condition. This suggests your genes play a role.

Signs and symptoms usually start during the growth spurt just before puberty at age 10 to 12 years.

Boys and girls are equally likely to develop mild scoliosis. Girls are eight times more likely than boys to have a curve severe enough to require treatment.

Please consult with your doctor for further information.

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is levoscoliosis diagnosed?

Diagnosis can be clearly made from history and clinical examination. However, additional tests may be performed to assess the impact of Levoscoliosis further. X-ray of the spine can confirm the diagnosis, while a CT scan or MRI can help ascertain the impact it has on the internal organs. In addition, it can also help detect the presence of spinal tumors as well.

How is levoscoliosis treated?

Mild cases may not require any specific treatment as they can get corrected themselves. However, if the deformity is obvious, then treatments will help, like the application of a scoliosis brace can help correct the posture. This is best applied during the growing years of the individual as it can help correct the posture.

Exercises cannot help prevent the progression of scoliosis, but can help maintain the strength of the muscles around the spine, and are therefore recommended.

In patients with very limited movement due to this condition and the presence of a spinal tumor, surgery with adjuvant treatment may be needed. Surgery may be performed from different approaches depending on what the surgeon thinks would have the best outcome.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage levoscoliosis?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with levoscoliosis:

Maintaining the right diet: It is essential to take the appropriate diet after surgery for levoscoliosis. Fruits, green vegetables, juices etc play a vital part in quick recovery from the surgery. Apart from this, whole grains must be added to your diet and plenty of water must be taken for keeping away from dehydration. It must be noted that junk foods are strictly to be avoided after surgery.

Taking the right pain medications following surgery: There are a lot of pain medicines which will be prescribed to you to be taken after surgery for reducing the pain. Morphine is the most common pain medicine given to the patient after undergoing a surgery for scoliosis treatment.

Proper care and management of bowel and bladder functions: Movement after surgery is not possible immediately. So, a catheter is placed in the patient so that he or she can urinate in it as he cannot move out of bed to reach the washroom. Foley catheter is the most common type of catheter used for bladder and bowel functions. It is put in the urethra with a tube that leads to a drainage bag on the side of the bed. The drainage bag must be checked and emptied thoroughly, cleaned properly once it gets full.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: March 9, 2018 | Last Modified: March 9, 2018

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