Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis
There are many reasons why routine doctor visits are important for children. Some abnormalities aren’t discovered until the child reaches a certain age, but that age can vary. Scoliosis is one of those afflictions that often develops around puberty. The highest number of cases are between the ages of 10-15 and most often there is no known cause, but it could be hereditary.
What is Scoliosis?
Are you at risk? Learn the symptoms and the signs
Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity. About 2-3%, or approximately six million people, have some form in the United States alone. It is more common in adolescents, as nearly 10% of young adults have some degree of scoliosis; yet, less than 1% of them have a type that requires treatment.
The definition for Scoliosis is an irregular, sideways curve of the spine that occurs most often during a growth spurt just before puberty. While conditions that can affect the spine’s curvature, such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, can cause Scoliosis. The true cause of the disease is unknown, and few are born with conditions. However, it appears to be linked to hereditary factors as you are 20% more likely to develop the condition if you have a relative with Scoliosis.
Congenital issues such as an abnormally formed vertebra can also lead to scoliosis in infants. Females seem to be more susceptible than males.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
Learn the early signs of scoliosis so you can detect them early
Some cases of scoliosis develop over time and can be very uncomfortable and often very painful. The ones that develop around puberty are usually painless and the external signs are generally the only indication.
Indications of Scoliosis:
- Clothes don’t hang evenly.
- Shoulder heights are different.
- One-shoulder blade is higher than the other.
- One-shoulder blade bulge.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Muscle spasms.
- Chronic pain.
- Bulging of the back, or back hump.
- One hip higher than the other.
How can a chiropractor help Scoliosis?
learn how Chiropractic care help relieve or manage pain and discomfort
There is no cure for scoliosis, but chiropractic treatments have been proven to help reduce the curvature in some scoliosis patients. If any indications of scoliosis are present, then an early diagnosis is the best. Treatment is more effective when started early on.
A chiropractor will perform an exam and possibly put in for an X-Ray to get a better look. The curvature in a scoliosis patient is measured using the Cobb method. If the curvature is more than 10 degrees, then it is considered scoliosis.
Chiropractic adjustments can be performed to relieve or manage pain and discomfort. It can help in restoring flexibility, decreasing pressure, and inflammation. If chiropractic adjustments aren’t enough, a chiropractor can recommend breathing exercises to help increase lung space, more comfortable ways to walk or sit to reduce pain, and strengthening exercises to do at home.
A chiropractic approach offers a safe and non-addictive alternative to pain-relieving drugs. If anyone is showing indications of untreated scoliosis, then the chiropractor is a safe first step.