Do you have uneven hips or shoulders, a bump in your upper back and ribs? No matter what age you are, these signs can mean that you have scoliosis.
Typically, scoliosis begins as a minor bend in the spine that gradually progresses. In fact, for the diagnosis of scoliosis to be made, there must be a minimum 20 degree sideways curve of the spine. The good news is that if the bending of the spine is discovered and cared for properly during its early stages, it can be prevented from advancing over time.
Many possible causes of scoliosis have been researched and there has been little consensus regarding its origin. Scoliosis is most prevalent in young adolescent females. Many times a small bend in the spine begins with the simple misalignment of a single vertebrae. Over time, the body begins to compensate for this abnormality and “S” and “C” shaped curves of the spine develop. Often parents and children first notice the presence of scoliosis due to the un-leveling of the shoulders and pelvis. Unlike other spinal conditions, scoliosis cannot be reversed by changes in posture.
While many cases of scoliosis effect the younger population, it is important to realize that the condition can also develop in older adults. As people age, degenerative changes such as osteoporosis cause the bones in the spine to loose their normal shape. As a result, the body begins to compensate by producing lateral curves in the spine to ensure that the head remains level. In such cases, if the cause of the bending is not addressed, severe consequences including heart and lung problems may develop.
An x-ray examination is the most effective means of detecting scoliosis. However, various orthopedic and neurologic exams can assist in the diagnosis and help guide appropriate treatment to stabilize and strengthen the spine.
As with any condition, a person should always consider the most conservative approach to treatment first. Chiropractic care, when paired with strengthening and stability exercises, can stop the progression of scoliosis and in some instances reverse the condition once present.
Our doctors at Frederick Chiropractic Wellness Center have the resources and experience to provide you the most appropriate care and as a result, eliminate the need for more invasive and aggressive treatments. Dr. Morrone will perform a full health history to identify any factors that could be contributing to the presence of scoliosis. We will discuss lifestyle habits, previous traumas, and recreational activities that may be contributing to the problem, and discuss practical solutions for improving them.
After these factors have been considered, our chiropractors will perform specific spinal adjustments to reverse the body’s compensations and assist in the restoration process.
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