Neuromuscular Diseases and Scoliosis In Adults

Neuromuscular Diseases Affect Respiratory Muscle Strength Independently of Scoliosis In Adults Researchers Suggest

Studies from research show that multiple individuals with neuromuscular disorders had reduced respiratory muscle strength and pulmonary function versus a healthy control group based on a new study which was also evaluating how scoliosis afflicted lung function.

In essence, neuromuscular concerns are thought to lead to respiratory muscle weakness and lung volume loss still the effects of scoliosis on lung function are not known. Therefore, this was the main basis of this study.


For that reason, neuromuscular issues happen when the neurons or nerves that send signals messages that control voluntary muscles start to die unhealthy and die. As a consequence of this damage to communication between the nervous system and muscles, the muscles begin to atrophy and weaken. Moreover, this can lead to various symptoms affecting heart function and breathing ability including cramps, pains, joint and mobility issues and many more.

The definition of scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spinal column that is many a time marked by one shoulder, side of the rib cage or hip appearing higher than the other shoulder, the body favoring to one side, or one leg looking shorter than the other. Remember, back pain is not often considered to be a symptom of scoliosis.

According to statistics from the study, about 20 individuals with neuromuscular issues and scoliosis, 20 patients with neuromuscular problems without scoliosis, and approximately 25 evenly matched healthy controls were subjected to varied tests comparing their respiratory muscle strength and pulmonary function, which actually measure how well the lungs bring in and release air and move this oxygen throughout the body.

According to the study’s findings, individuals with neuromuscular ailments, regardless of having or not having scoliosis, had decrease respiratory muscle strength when compared to the healthy subjects. Additionally, patients with neuromuscular illnesses and scoliosis had considerably lower pulmonary function scores than not only the control group of healthy patients but the adults who had neuromuscular concerns but were without scoliosis.

Research has shown that this could mean that the effects of neuromuscular conditions on respiratory function are independent of scoliosis and suggested that clinicians should be aware of the possibility of compromised respiratory function when treating patients with neuromuscular issues.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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