Scoliosis is far from a disease, and many treatment options. It is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt before puberty.
Everyone has a natural spine deviation, but scoliosis is a condition where this curvature goes beyond the ordinary. The cause of most scoliosis cases is from a congenital malformation of the lowest vertebrae in the spine or a result of an injury. Scoliosis is rarely caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
Treatment of scoliosis depends mostly on its severity, the patient’s age, and especially the cause. It’s only in rare cases that you may require surgery or a brace to correct it. Otherwise, most cases are treatable by chiropractic, exercises, and physical therapy. That is why we customize a treatment plan for each case.
- Physical exercise
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Surgery in rare cases where there is organ impingement or instability
TYPES OF SCOLIOSIS
There are many types of scoliosis, and they are classified according to the patient’s age and the cause.
According to age:
- Infant scoliosis: It’s also called congenital scoliosis and occurs in children under three years old
- Juvenile scoliosis: Scoliosis here occurs in children aged between four and ten years old
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: This is the most common type representing 80% of the cases
Depending on the cause:
- Structural: When the spine has a permanently deviated curvature, usually because the patient was born with a congenital malformation
- Functional: The spine is normal but gets deviated as years go by. It may be due to bad posture, compensatory, or other injuries
CAUSES OF SCOLIOSIS
The known causes of scoliosis are:
- Untreated injuries
- Compensatory scoliosis in very tall people
- A herniated disc affecting the lumbar spine
- Neuromuscular conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy where muscular and nervous system problems result in a spinal deviation
- Physical deformity
- Spine injuries or infections
- Birth defects
- Muscle spasms
- Congenital disabilities
Acquired or functional scoliosis represents 80 percent of all scoliosis. It frequently occurs from poor posture, accidents, and sports injuries. The good thing about this is it has a remedy with prompt chiropractic treatment and lifestyle changes.
SYMPTOMS OF SCOLIOSIS
According to the Scoliosis Research Society, the actual definition of scoliosis is that it is a spinal deformation. The typical symptoms are central back pain and some degree of neurological problems. This may be observed as:
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF
Temporary treatments are just that. They help ease the pain briefly, but they usually don’t replace actual treatment. As specialists, we understand that it is hard to go to a health center during these difficult times.
So the following tips can help relieve your pain while you plan your chiropractic appointment:
- Heat therapy where you first apply cold and then heat for 15 minutes, three times per day
- Gentle stretches using pain as your guide
- Exercise at home. Doing exercises to strengthen your back muscles is an excellent way to improve your scoliosis and keep you healthy
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR SCOLIOSIS
Chiropractic care offers an effective non-surgical, non-medical therapy for treating scoliosis. It does not reverse the spine’s bending, but instead helps alleviate its symptoms.
Our regular spinal adjustment reduces pain, restores joint mobility, and helps with postural stability. We may also use stretching and various therapies like massage therapy and physical exercise for better mobility.
LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING SCOLIOSIS
If scoliosis is not treated in time and gets worse, it may affect not only your back but also nearby tissues such as the lungs, heart, and blood vessels, causing breathing problems. Rare but more serious complications include spinal infections, fractured vertebrae, or paralysis.
Adolescent scoliosis can also have significant aesthetic, social, and functional repercussions in young people’s lives. Therefore, timely action is essential to prevent worsening over time.
HOW REVOLUTION HEALTH CENTER TREATS SCOLIOSIS
At Revolution Health Center, we have highly qualified chiropractors in treating each patient individually with the best treatment options. We have a team of professional experts well trained in treating scoliosis.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCOLIOSIS
Mild or moderate scoliosis can be treated with exercise and chiropractic adjustments. Only in extreme cases is a prescribed brace necessary. Scoliosis symptoms of pain can be temporarily treated at home with heat therapy and over-the-counter medications. Rarely is corrective surgery necessary.
Absolutely. Chiropractors are amazing professionals who apply gentle forces to the spine to correct misalignments and muscle and nerve imbalances. Progress builds on each visit. Chiropractic therapy is effective, natural, and non-invasive, and its benefits can go beyond just relieving the pain.
As long as the gymnastics is done under supervision and knowing all its risks, and the children have the necessary strength to do so, it does not represent a risk, according to sports medicine specialist William A. Sands. in the research Stretching the Spines of Gymnasts: A Review
It can be a neurological condition related to nerve damage, especially neuromuscular scoliosis. The nerves suffer damage, consequently affecting the muscles and leading to deviation of the spine.
Yes, sometimes scoliosis may get worse if steps are not taken to correct it. There are many types of scoliosis, and the most common is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which appears in puberty. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the cause. In severe cases there can be involvement of lungs, nerves, or even the heart when scoliosis is not attended.
Sometimes scoliosis causes pain, more likely if it is acquired from an injury similar to any other back pain. There may also be weakness, and discomfort from uneven shoulders. Congenital scoliosis is much less likely to cause back pain.
It can but in rare instances. If the lumbar curve is very severe, almost at the same level as the intestines, it can cause constipation and possibly interfere with bowel movements.
A lack of calcium is not the cause of scoliosis unless the cause is related to a compression fracture.
There are four normal curvatures in our spine, the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. Each one has that shape that varies from front to back. Side to side curvature is usually not natural and needs to be looked at by a chiropractor.
Carrying heavy objects not only may contribute to scoliosis but also increases the risk of other conditions such as herniated discs, muscle spasms, or muscle imbalance. Poor posture over a long period may cause scoliosis, especially during puberty and adolescents.
Only in severe cases can scoliosis cause breathing problems. The bones can damage the lungs and space they need to expand during breathing when the back curvature is severe.
Scoliosis mainly affects the spine but may also affect spinal nerves, little nearby blood vessels, muscles, and tendons. In rare instances it can also compromise the lungs, heart, stomach, and large blood vessels.
Scoliosis can affect a person’s height if there is more spinal curvature. The bigger the curve, the smaller a person can look over time. It can lead to one-shoulder higher than another, or one hip higher than another.
It depends on the insurance company standards of acceptability. These vary by state and company. Our office will assist you in contacting your insurance provider to find out about costs and coverage for scoliosis treatment.