While people often find find some degree of curvature in a normal spine, scoliosis is defined as unusual side-to-side curves that can lead to abnormalities in the appearance and movements of the back.
What causes scoliosis?
In roughly 80% of cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Known causes of scoliosis include heredity (if you have a family history of spinal deformities, you’ll be more likely to suffer the condition), and rarely more serious conditions.
Scoliosis can be found in about 2% of females and 0.5% of males. New cases have been found in all age ranges, from newborns to adults, but are most common in people over the age of 10.
What are the symptoms?
Persons with scoliosis often notice:
- A more prominent shoulder blade due to one shoulder appearing higher than the other
- An uneven waistline
- The appearance of a raised hip – which can also cause one pant leg to be longer than the other
- That their entire body leans to one side
- Shortness of breath and/or chest pain in severe cases
It may seem that scoliosis would be accompanied by back pain, but most often in younger patients that’s not the case. In adults with scoliosis, back pain tends to be more common, recovery from episodes slower and treatment can take twice as long as usual If you or a loved one observes any of the above symptoms, visit us immediately a formal examination.
How is it diagnosed?
If you or your child’s pediatrician suspects scoliosis, we will perform a physical examination of the spine from the sides, front, and back. You will also be asked to bend over and touch your toes so the doctor can look for abnormal curves. Finally, we may order x-rays to confirm the diagnosis and measure the severity of the curve.
Compare Your Treatment Options
The earlier Scoliosis is discovered, the better the outcome. That’s why in our office, screenings are always performed as a community service prior to any formal evaluation. Chiropractic care, with diligent attention to specialized exercises and general healthy lifestyles can be critical. We might also suggest a newer type brace when the curve is significant, which exerts strategic pressure on the spine. Always consider a pain-free, inexpensive, and relatively convenient treatment plan that has potential for help prior to more aggressive care.
Managing Your Condition with Chiropractic Care
After a thorough examination of your medical history and current physical status, we can often prescribe a treatment plan to significantly reduce the impact of scoliosis. Chiropractic treatments of scoliosis can include:
- Spinal manipulation
- Postural and balance therapy
- Specific exercises and directed rehab
Your treatment will depend largely on the degree of your curvature, among other physical factors. We may recommend spinal supports, as the newest braces only need to be worn at night.
We can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you. Please call us to schedule a screening for yourself and your family today.
Adults with scoliosis can often be helped with the right care plan, despite what you may have been told before.
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