Scoliosis

Helping You Understand the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments Affiliated with Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?

The classic sign of scoliosis is an unnatural C- or S-shaped curve of the spine. The definition of the disorder is a spinal curve of more than 10 degrees. Some patients are born with scoliosis. While some develop it much later in life, it appears in most children between the ages of 8 and 10. Scoliosis without a known cause is called idiopathic.

This disorder can affect a patient’s health. Scoliosis can cause pain, reduced lung function, limited activity, or heart function problems, although some children may not show symptoms. Adult patients often cite back pain as an early symptom. Over time, wear and tear on the joints and bones of the spine cause discs to begin to tilt and to eventually curve. Other signs include leg weakness, pain, numbness, or the appearance of a bump in the lower back. Some individuals develop bone spurs.

SCOLIOSIS

Causes

Some cases of scoliosis are caused by other conditions such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. However, the primary cause(s) of scoliosis are unknown at this time. Thankfully, treatment options have been created.

Symptoms

Common symptoms/signs may include:

• Shoulders of different heights
• Failure of arms to extend straight down while standing
• Appearance of one hip as higher than or dissimilar to the other one

Treatment

Our chiropractors will give you a treatment plan created just for you to meet all of your needs. Spinal manipulation and prescribed exercises may help relief for those who are suffering from scoliosis.

WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME?

Scoliosis pain can be managed at home using some of the following remedies:
• Sleeping on an adjustable latex/cool-gel mattress
• Performing special stretches designed to help relieve scoliosis pain
• Use of over-the-counter pain relievers.

ADVANCED TREATMENT

If chiropractic adjustments are not accomplishing the best results, we offer the state-of-the-art spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression is a computer guided therapy that will gently manipulate the spine and surrounding areas to relieve pressure and pain. This is a highly effective alternative to spinal fusion therapy.

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