Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, affects about six to nine million people in the United States. Most cases develop during infancy or early childhood, and about 80 percent are idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause). Some cases are congenital, or present from birth (from vertebrae failing to form correctly in utero). Still others are caused by another condition, such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia, or a myopathic deformity (the muscles of the back don’t work properly).
While some cases are asymptomatic, other people with scoliosis can suffer from pain due to the misalignment of the spine.
When the condition persists into adulthood, and in some cases worsens, some patients find themselves considering options such as pain medication or even surgery. However, chiropractic care provides a gentler and safer approach to address symptoms and provide pain management.
Scoliosis can be treated at any age, but catching it early is preferable. The following signs often present in childhood:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade protrudes further than the other (when standing)
- One hip appears higher than the other
- A lower back hump when bending forward
- A rib hump when bending forward
How can chiropractic care treat scoliosis?
Catching scoliosis early in life is best, since we can usually take steps to prevent the condition from worsening. But chiropractic treatment can be helpful at any age. Depending upon the patient’s needs, adjustments may be performed to relieve pressure, or a back brace might be prescribed to improve posture and reduce pain.
If you suspect scoliosis in yourself or a child, give us a call. We can set an appointment to examine your spine, discuss your specific needs, and make a treatment plan to aid with your particular concerns.