Scoliosis

The irregular side-to-side curvature of the spine is called scoliosis and cannot be corrected with better posture. It is generally a hereditary condition affecting only a small percentage of the population. Scoliosis usually develops during middle to late childhood. Adult scoliosis may represent the progression of an undiagnosed condition that began in childhood. A slight curve may, in adulthood, have progressed to a more severe curvature in the absence of treatment. It can also be caused by the degenerative changes of the spine. Other spinal deformities may be associated with osteoporosis, or bone softening.

The most obvious signs of Scoliosis are shoulders of unequal height, a ‘rib hump’, which is caused by the ribcage on the back protruding more on one side than the other, and hips that appear unequal in height. A school or Health Department nurse or Physical Education teacher routinely screens students during the middle school years. It is extremely important to diagnosis and treat Scoliosis as early as possible.

Chiropractic care can help improve this condition. A doctor of chiropractic looks at your overall health examining your spine as well as other factors of your lifestyle. To help identify the problem's cause, the doctor will discuss symptoms and previous injuries, your family's health history, and recreational and work-related activities. Palpation and neurological tests will be performed as well as x-rays to determine the extent.

Regular visits to your chiropractor, to observe the progression of scoliosis, are an integral part of living a full and happy life. Scoliosis can be treated in various ways to help alleviate pain and restore normal functionality. Regardless of the treatment used, physical therapy may be added to scoliosis treatment to increase muscle strength and mobility. If you have any questions about your physical limitations, consult your chiropractor.

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