Scoliosis is the term for the sideways curvature of the spine. It can occur at any age, but tends to start in children and teenagers. Scoliosis can get better without any treatment, but can also get worse with time. People with scoliosis may need to see their doctor regularly to check on its progress.
Idiopathic scoliosis is scoliosis without a known cause. In as many as 80% of cases, doctors don’t find the exact reason for a curved spine.
Because scoliosis can occur gradually and may not be accompanied by any immediate pain, it can be difficult to spot.
If you have scoliosis, you might lean a little when you stand. You could also have:
In addition to visible symptoms, scoliosis may lead to:
Treatment of scoliosis is dependent on a few factors:
If a person has moderate scoliosis, and the bones are still growing, the doctor may recommend a brace. The brace will prevent further curvature and with the correct bracing can help to reduce the size of the curvature.
The person will usually need to wear the brace all the time, even at night. Its effectiveness tends to correlate with the number of hours per day that the person wears the brace.
The brace does not generally restrict what the person can do. If they wish to take part in physical activity, they can take the brace off.
When the bones stop growing, a brace is no longer necessary.
A chiropractor can help to relieve the pain and discomfort of scoliosis.
Chiropractors manipulate the spine and provide alternative treatments. Realigning the spine will promote curve stability and Spinal mobility in a scoliosis. Chiropractic treatment can improve the quality of life for a person with scoliosis.r
However be sure to visit a well trained and certified Chiropractor as receiving chiropractic treatment from a nonspecialist can make symptoms worse.
Various exercises may help with scoliosis, and experts propose a range of strategies. However, they all aim to realign the spine, rib cage, shoulders, and pelvis to achieve a typical posture.
The authors of an article also states that there is growing evidence to suggest that exercises can help treat scoliosis.
In severe cases, scoliosis can progress over time. In these cases, a doctor may recommend spinal fusion. This surgery reduces the curvature of the spine and prevents scoliosis from getting worse.
With curves less than 40 degrees, and for any patients where skeletal growth has stopped, chiropractic care may be used to address any bio-mechanical faults such as differences in leg length or pronation (where the leg rolls in or rolls out when you walk).
Chiropractic adjustment is designed to improve movement and posture which can help prevent further curvature progression. Chiropractic care may also reduce back pain that many adults with Scoliosis experience. When the curve is greater than 40 degrees and the young person is still growing, referral for back bracing or traction with our unique CBP equipment is recommended.
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