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?
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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.
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What Are The Types of Scoliosis?
You may be surprised to learn that there are several types of scoliosis. They include:
- Congenital Scoliosis: Spinal abnormalities occur as a fetus develops with the bone formation not being correct. This type of scoliosis is rare.
- Early Onset Scoliosis: This type of scoliosis occurs before the individual turns 10.
- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: About one in four kids are affected by this common form of the disease that occurs between the ages of 10 and 18. There is no identified cause.
- Degenerative Scoliosis: This type of scoliosis occurs into adulthood after the age of 18. The spine and discs in the spine begin to degrade, causing a spinal curvature.
- Neuromuscular Scoliosis: Development of spinal disorders in addition to issues with the brain and muscles combine to create this particular type. The muscles and nerves cannot make the correct alignment so that the spine becomes curved. Eventually, this can lead to the patient being unable to walk as they get older.
- Scheuermann’s Kyphosis: This type of scoliosis is different because the spine is rounded differently than in other types. It typically impacts the thoracic and cervical spine rather than the lower spine area. Symptoms of this type of scoliosis include muscle spasms, fatigue, back pain, stiffness in the back, and the inability to sit up straight.
Can Scoliosis Get Worse As You Age?
Yes, in most cases, scoliosis can worsen as you get older as it’s a progressive disease. However, acting in a prompt manner for scoliosis over time and getting treatment as the patient ages can help reduce the impact of how this condition progresses over time. Letting this disease go untreated can often lead to scenarios where the patient will end up needing surgery to address the curvature of the spinal. In addition, as adults age in general, more health conditions can show up due to the aging process, which can contribute to scoliosis getting worse over time.
What Will Happen If Scoliosis Goes Untreated?
The answer to what will happen if scoliosis goes untreated is not cut and dry. A few factors come into play in the outcome of not treating scoliosis. One of those factors is age, and another factor is the actual curvature of the spine. An older teen that has a small or medium curve may not see any increase in the curve of their spine if they don’t seek out treatment. A younger individual with a medium to large curvature that doesn’t get treatment for their scoliosis will probably see an increase in the curve of their spine. Depending on the situation, there’s a good chance that not treating scoliosis can result in discomfort, deformity, spondylosis, breathing issues, heart issues, and other health problems. In addition, not seeking treatment for scoliosis can result in mental health, behavioral, and emotional issues. It’s always a good idea to get a professional opinion on a condition like scoliosis and start any necessary treatments as soon as possible. Finding the best treatment options early can help ease any complications that would come from not getting treatment.