Scoliosis is a condition marked by a sideways spinal curvature (often resembling the letter “S”). The condition can cause pain, and decreased mobility. In this post, we are going to discuss scoliosis in the context of car accidents. Can a car accident directly cause scoliosis? How can scoliosis be treated after an accident? These questions and more are the inspiration for this article.
Can a Car Accident Cause Scoliosis?
Most often, scoliosis is hereditary (though it’s exact causes are not fully understood). However, scoliosis curvatures can also be the result of birth defects, neuromuscular conditions, and also acute injuries to the spine – such as the blunt trauma often associated with car accidents.
So the short answer to “can a car accident cause scoliosis?” is yes, but it’s rather unlikely. However, car accidents can exacerbate scoliosis symptoms for patients who already suffer from the condition.
Car Accident Injuries & Scoliosis
A patient who already has scoliosis can sustain even greater injuries to the spine when they are involved in a car crash. Acute trauma can lead to pinched nerves, bulging discs, and other spinal conditions that can be doubly concerning for a patient with scoliosis. Treating scoliosis spine injuries requires thorough and immediate care following an auto accident. Options for relieving pain can include chiropractic, physical therapy, injections, and other conservative options. A scoliosis correction surgery may also be beneficial as a long-term solution. This surgery involves restructuring the spinal column through the use of hardware, to straighten out the spine. This is an established procedure, and most patients report reduced pain, and increased mobility and quality of life after the surgery.