Can Scoliosis be caused by an accident?

My husband was in a car accident 2 months ago and every since then every time he starts to lift his head up, he gets a shootingpain down his back. After many x rays, a cat scan, an MRI of the neck they decided to xray the spine. They called today to say they need to do another MRI because there are flimmers (swimmers?) showing on the x-ray...something about being similiar to Scoliosis (I didn't talk to them he did and he didn't have a clue what they were talking about). Does anyone have any idea what this means or if it is a sign of Scoliosis? Thank you.
Answers:    Yes, scoliosis can be caused by an accident. I have scoliosis and my doctor and I have a suspicion that it occurred because of a car accident I had. The mechanics of accident caused scoliosis are the following:

1) Car accident occurs, sudden whip-lash like movement occurs in the neck.
2) The normal neck position is altered, and in the months after, it starts to lean forward (check to see if his neck is not straight when he is standing).
3) This causes the spine to curve to accommodate the neck. (Scoliosis).

This is what happened to me. Accident-caused scoliosis is a little easier to treat than scoliosis developed at birth or adolescence.

Please have him see a specialist immediately. The faster it is spotted the better. The shooting pain down his back is very similar to what I had, so I'm pretty sure he might be developing scoliosis. Good luck.
Scoliosis is a condition you are born with. Most likely a herniated disc is causing the pain. Go to a reputable spine center for treatment. Physical therapy and possibly an epidural injection can help contain the pain. Surgery should be the absolute last action.
What is Scoliosis?

All spines have natural curves. Scoliosis, however, is a progressive, abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. When left untreated, it can cause severe spinal deformity. Usually, it is first detected in childhood or the early teen years while the bones of the spine are still growing.

Because the spine and rib cage are connected, severe scoliosis also affects the position of the ribs, pushing them further apart on the outside of the curve, and closer together on the inside. This causes the spine's "S" curve appearance typical of scoliosis. Pressure from severe spinal distortion can also affect surrounding organs. Health risks from severe spine curvature include neurological problems from pressure on nerves, arthritis, and even lung and heart problems.

Severe scoliosis not only harms the individual's appearance and self-esteem, but it can also compromise one's health and ability to function. The ability to participate in sports or athletic activities is usually limited and difficult. And limited physical activity can lead to a decrease in overall fitness.

What Causes It?
Because scoliosis tends to run in families, doctors believe that hereditary factors may predispose some individuals to this condition. In other cases, it can be caused by spinal abnormalities present at birth.

Often, the body's attempt to adapt to some type of trauma or injury is involved. Even birth trauma or minor childhood injuries, such as falling off a bicycle may trigger this abnormal spinal curvature. Therefore many parents prefer to have their children checked by a chiropractic doctor at birth, and regularly throughout childhood.

Scoliosis usually starts with problems in the lower back. In younger children, such complaints are often dismissed as "growing pains", unfortunately delaying treatment. Scoliosis also can be associated with certain neuromuscular disorders such as polio, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. While there are many different causes for scoliosis, in 70-80% of cases there is no identifiable cause. Doctors call this "idiopathic" scoliosis.

Scoliosis is more common in females than males by almost 7 to 1. It continues to progress into the early 20's when the bones of the spine are fully mature. And if scoliosis progresses beyond a certain degree of curvature during adolescence, it will continue to become increasingly severe in adulthood. That is why early screening, detection, and treatment can make a big difference.

Children should be examined before age 12 or 13, especially if there is a history of any spinal deformity in your family. They should then be followed closely throughout the teen years to make sure a curve doesn't develop.

.good luck.
Scoliosis is the irregular curvature of the vertebral column, in the lateral plane, i.e.from left to right, accompanied by uneven shoulder height , irregular waistline and lumbar proeminence. It can not be treated by correcting the position of the patient. It can certainly be caused by an accident where heavy trauma caused vertebrae misalignment. It seems to me that your husband was given the right set of examinations in order to determine which damage was done : misalignment, vertebral fracturre, disc slippage and so on in order to determine the right therapy. According to the findings this can include reconstructive (kyphoplastic) surgery . If the symptoms include severe pain due to nerve problems between the vertebrae, it would not be a bad idea to involve a chirapractor. Good luck.
Scoliosis is something you are born with, this is something that happened in the car accident. I hope he feels better soon.
The short answer is yes. What might have happened is either he had an underlying scoliosis to begin with which wasn't detected or he may have developed what is called antalgic scoliosis.

When a person injures their spine, body's natural reaction is to assume a posture which is least painful. So antalgic (away from pain) scoliosis can develop. But these are usually something that can be dealt with easily by attending to the injury. Once pain is gone, it goes away..

However, the doctor wanted to do another MRI, then it's probably an underlying condition he had which wasn't detected before. MRI is done for scoliosis patients usually in order to rule out neuromuscular causes of scoliosis. Doctor may have seen in original x-ray or mri that may have indicated an underlying causes.

You should wait until the MRI findings are in. All we can do on this board is speculation for possibilities which will only stress you out.

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