What Is Scoliosis?
Your spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae that stack up one on top of the other to form a more or less straight line when viewed from the front to back. Spines are not perfectly straight and that’s normal; when the spine curves or twists excessively side to side it is called scoliosis.
For many patients, chiropractic care can be extremely effective at correcting scoliosis and alleviating the pain that can be associated with the condition. Any serious medical diagnosis is scary, but knowing your options and the benefits afforded by routes that do not involve going under the surgical knife can help you to make the right decision.
Signs of Scoliosis
- Uneven Shoulders
- One Shoulder Blade That Appears More Prominent Than The Other
- Uneven Waist
- One Hip Higher Than The Other
Common Causes Of Scoliosis
In most cases of scoliosis the cause is unknown; the vertebrae and spinal structures- discs, ligament, tendons and muscles –all appear normal. In a minority of cases the scoliosis is caused by conditions such as a tumor, infection, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, a birth deformity or disc problems.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
A Chiropractor can diagnose scoliosis and is specially trained to treat the problems of the spine. They are able to accurately determine the extent of the condition. X-rays may be used to determine the rotation and direction of the curve.
Your chiropractor’s goal is to detect scoliosis as a child. If started on an exercise and chiropractic therapy program early enough, it is possible to slow, stop or even reverse the progress of the spinal curvature.
Traditional medical management of scoliosis often involves the ‘wait and see’ approach.The chiropractic approach is to use specific spinal adjustments along with a program of corrective exercises. Only a doctor of chiropractic is specially trained to locate and correct subluxations-spinal abnormalities that can affect not only the spine, but the entire body. A body without subluxations is in a better position to resist abnormalities and diseases of all kinds, including scoliosis. With careful monitoring, regular treatment and exercise the spinal abnormalities of scoliosis can be minimized and invasive procedures can be avoided.