What is scoliosis? According to the Mayo Clinic, scoliosis is defined as a “sideways curvature of the spine that most often is diagnosed in adolescents.” Most cases of scoliosis are mild, however, for some children, their curves can worsen as they grow.
In cases where the spinal curve is severe, the amount of space within the chest can be reduced, thus making it difficult for the lungs to function properly. Symptoms of scoliosis may include uneven shoulders, uneven waist, one hip higher than the other, and one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, among other things.
Can Chiropractic Help with Scoliosis?
People turn to chiropractic care to treat many types of aches, pains, and injuries. Visiting your chiropractor for help with treating scoliosis can be very beneficial. While chiropractic manipulation will not correct the curve of the spine, it can help alleviate any pain that is associated with scoliosis.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy known as a chiropractic adjustment, which reduces joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body. This is done to reduce inflammation and improve the function of both the affected joint and the nervous system. This gives the body the ability to better manage symptoms caused by scoliosis.
Scoliosis patients can benefit from chiropractic care in the following ways:
- Reduced discomfort and pain
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity and lifestyle
Does Scoliosis Worsen with Age?
According to WebMD, “mild curves, like those found in 90% of scoliosis cases, typically don’t require treatment.” As a child’s body changes during puberty, the curve may stay the same or get worse. Regardless of one’s age or the severity level of their scoliosis, the best thing to do is gain control over the condition’s progression by seeking treatment.
When is Bracing or Surgery Needed for Scoliosis?
If the spinal curve is moderate to severe, bracing or surgery may be needed. Most braces are worn between 13 to 16 hours a day, and the most common type of brace is made of plastic and is contoured to conform to the body.
On the other hand, surgical options for scoliosis include spinal fusion, in which surgeons connect two or more of the bones in the spine together so they can move independently. Expanding rod surgery is an option where surgeons attach one or two expandable rods along the spine which can be adjusted in length as the child grows or vertebral body tethering which is performed through small incisions to straighten the spine.
Total Chiro is Here to Help Manage Your Scoliosis
Remember that while conventional medical treatment will help moderate to severe cases of scoliosis, chiropractic care can help support alleviating pain associated with mild cases. Be sure to reach out to Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness to help! Contact us today, and we will work with you to find the best treatment for any of your needs!