Scoliosis Care

Scoliosis is a very intricate spinal disease. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine and causes the spine to curve to one side. Normally a spine should have three curves that are seen when looking at a person from the side:  the cervical lordosis that points forward in the neck, the thoracic kyphosis that points backward in the middle of the back and the lumbar lordosis that points forward in the low back.  Scoliosis forces the spine in a different direction for one or more of these three natural curves and can best be seen when looking at a person from the front or back.

People with scoliosis are, for all intents and purposes, double jointed in the neck. This hypermobility makes the joints unstable and puts them at a higher risk of injury.

The most common regions to occur are the levels at the chest, the mid back and the low back. It occurs most often during a growth spurt just before puberty. Scoliosis can also be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. This spinal disease is more common in females than in males and can appear at any age but most commonly presents between the ages of 10 to 12 years old, or during the teens. Infants can also show symptoms. It is a condition that cannot be cured but chiropractic treatments can help relieve the symptoms.

Experts still don’t know what causes 80% of scoliosis cases and there is no cure for this condition, however there are proven methods to treat and reduce its symptoms.  X-rays allow doctors to measure the unique, three-dimensional curve of each person’s spine in order to determine the best method of treatment.

Some of the signs of scoliosis in adults are:  one shoulder is higher than the other shoulder, the rib cage appears to be tilted, the waist is uneven, the body is hunched either to the left or to the right and one leg is longer than the other leg. Adults who suffer from scoliosis should first consider corrective chiropractic techniques before jumping into a dangerous surgery that is not guaranteed even to straighten the spine.  These types of spine surgeries are precarious, last several hours and don’t offer guaranteed perfect results.  Chiropractic clinics specialize in naturally realigning the spine without invasive procedures and toxic drugs.  Chiropractic care is a safe, fast and successful way to significantly improve spinal recovery.

Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis involves regular adjustments with the hands or a device.  The goal is to realign the muscles, bones and joints.  There are two types of chiropractic treatments to choose from:  traditional and scoliosis specific.

Traditional chiropractic treatment applies a general approach, similar to what the chiropractor would do for any other patient experiencing back problems. Traditional treatment can be useful for relieving pain, but not for physically straightening the curvature of the spine in scoliotic patients.  With scoliosis, the spine is not stuck as it is with most other chiropractic issues, but rather it curves in the wrong direction.

Scoliosis-specific chiropractic treatment goes outside of the traditional guidelines to stabilize the curvature of the spine.  Aiming to gradually correct the spine into a classic spinal curve, scoliosis-specific adjustments are precise and gentle.  This method can help people in all walks of life:  people who have already had surgery and do not want to have it again, people trying to avoid surgery, and teenagers who don’t want to wear a brace.

Consult with a chiropractor if you or your child has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of scoliosis.