Among common back conditions, scoliosis is one that has the potential to cause a great deal of immobility and discomfort.
Between 5 million and 7 million people in the United States are affected by this condition.
College Park Chiropractors have the ability to deliver relief to many scoliosis patients, making their day-to-day lives more tolerable and manageable.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition of the spine where a sideways or lateral curvature of greater than 10 degrees develops.
Most of the time, the cause of this unique curvature is unknown, but in approximately 20 percent of the cases things like tumors, trauma or neurological disease are responsible. Scoliosis with no known cause is referred to as idiopathic.
If someone has functional scoliosis, it means that legs of different lengths, muscle spasm or a postural issue is the cause. This type of scoliosis can usually be treated and resolved.
If the scoliosis is considered structural, various postural techniques are usually unproductive. Scoliosis is more common among girls and it typically develops between 10 and 15 years of age.
It can also be hereditary, so if a parent or sibling has it there is a higher probability of a younger child getting it.
Common Symptoms of Scoliosis
Common symptoms of scoliosis include reduced heart function, reduced range of motion, reduced lung function and intense pain.
Psychological problems including decreased self-esteem are also a common issue with people with this condition.
Approximately 80 percent of people with scoliosis have a curvature of less than 20 degrees, but as it occurs most often during adolescence, it is possible to see sharp increases in curvature within a short period of time.
Scoliosis is usually diagnosed through x-rays and physical evaluation to determine the extent of the spinal curvature.
College Park Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis
Some of the most effective treatments performed by College Park Chiropractors for scoliosis include therapeutic exercise, electric muscle stimulation and spinal manipulation.
This is an area that hasn’t received a lot of research or attention, but many patients with scoliosis that have had Chiropractic treatment report an improvement in their condition.
Even if the spinal curvature is not totally corrected, any associated pain or issues that have been adding to the scoliosis discomfort will be treated. Sometimes the change in posture and gait caused by scoliosis causes other areas to overcompensate, leading to pain and causing new issues.
Your Chiropractor at AICA College Park will search for the root cause of all your structural aches and pains, and find the solution that works best for your particular situation.
At AICA College Park our team is here to help answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us today.