Scoliosis is a life altering health complications that affects thousands of adults and children each year. For many, the complications with scoliosis expand much farther than the issues with curvature of the spine. For most scoliosis patients, the complications with secondary health issues – including muscle spasms in the chest – can be debilitating if not properly treated and managed.
If you are caring for a child who has been diagnosed with a unique form of scoliosis, known as dextroconvex scoliosis, you can expect there will be significant complications associated with muscle spasms in the back, arms, and chest. Because this form of scoliosis results in an “S” shape curvature of the spine, the muscle spasms can occur anywhere across the back and chest, as well as occurring in either right or left arm. In some children, chronic scoliosis shoulder pain is quite common.
Unlike typical scoliosis, where the spine is “U” shaped, muscles spasms in dextroconvex scoliosis can be debilitating. It is important, therefore, that you speak with your child’s doctor about the best ways to treat the condition, especially if your child is struggling with muscle spasms in the chest.
For most children with this atypical form of scoliosis, medications for pain and use of muscle relaxers will become a daily regimen. But, in addition, your child will require both active and passive physical therapy, including myofascial release, to assist in keeping the muscles, tendons and ligaments strong. By regularly working the muscle groups in the chest and back, the frequency of muscle spasms will diminish as well.
Diet is also a health concern for children with dextroconvex scoliosis. Because muscle spasms can be a sign of dehydration, improper potassium levels, and even complications with lack of protein, your pediatrician should provide guidance in how to best prepare a healthy eating plan for your child’s needs.
Surgery is ultimately the best way to remedy a complication with this form of scoliosis. Unfortunately, for many children, the muscle spasms in the chest will continue even after surgery and will be a lifelong health issue that needs to be addressed regularly. Without proper management, your child may become debilitated and unable to ambulate without proper assistance.
Sources: The Conservative Scoliosis Treatment, by Theodoros Grivas