By: Patrick A. Loera – Staff Writer
In basic terms, Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that is not normal. Scoliosis is not a disease of the spine, but it is a condition in which the spine curves abnormally. When viewed from behind, a normal spine will look straight. However, a spine with scoliosis will have curve in one of a few ways: a single curve to the left or right to look like the letter ‘C’ and a double curve to left and right to look like the letter ‘S.’ Although people may not be able to see the curve in the spine on people with scoliosis, there are other features that may potentially indicate this condition. For example, a person may have uneven shoulders, slanted hips or waist, a ribcage bulge, or an extended area of the lower back where the curve is prominent. Scoliosis can affect people of all ages, but the curve in a person’s back will begin to affect their mobility from the ages of 3 to 5 years old. Since children’s bones are still developing and quick to grow, a curve in the spine will most likely increase as they get older.
Fortunately, the focus of chiropractic care is on the spine and its associated systems. As an alternative to surgery, chiropractic care can assist in the reduction of pain, improve functionality, and assist in establishing good posture in people with scoliosis. If you or someone you love is suffering from pain associated with scoliosis, a chiropractor may be able to help, depending on your condition. Call your local chiropractor to schedule an appointment today.
Scoliosis can be described in different degrees of curvature. For some, a curve that is greater than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. For others, curves that are 20 to 40 degrees are typically considered moderate forms of this condition. With scoliosis that include these degrees of curves, a person may benefit from chiropractic care and braces to support posture. A chiropractic may be able to significantly improve functionality in the limbs and even help reduce degeneration and the person ages, which is very common with people with scoliosis.
Adults with scoliosis may have been diagnosed as a child or in the teenage years, and bone and tissue degeneration may have already begun because of scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis begins to affect adults as they age based on the curve of the spine the deterioration of the vertebrae and discs. Osteoporosis may also develop or contribute to the degenerative process of the spine, which is more commonly seen in women with scoliosis. For many adults with scoliosis, they may be convinced that no treatment can help them improve their quality of life, but a chiropractor is available to help patients find relief for their conditions.
If you or someone you love is suffering from pain associated with scoliosis, a chiropractor may be able to help, depending on your condition. Call your local chiropractor to schedule an appointment today.