Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral (or sideways) curvature of the spine. Scoliosis is typically diagnosed in a child's teenage years, either through chiropractic evaluations or a school using the "Adam's Forward Bending Test." Scoliosis is more commonly found in girls than boys and is typically diagnosed around ages 10-16. Scoliosis may present itself through unlevel hips and shoulders.
It is important to catch scoliosis at a young age so it can be effectively treated and not worsen over time. If scoliosis is left untreated the individual is likely to develop osteoarthritis and degenerative bone disease. Over time, continued degenerative changes can interfere with the nerve supply to organ and muscles. Health problems will start to develop including:
The most common type of scoliosis is "Idiopathic Scoliosis," which is found in almost 80% of the cases. There is no known cause.
The 3 other types of scoliosis are Congenital Scoliosis (caused by bone abnormality and present at birth), Degenerative Scoliosis (caused by injury, osteoarthritis, spinal surgery, or bone deformation), and Neuromuscular Scoliosis (caused by abnormal nerve or muscle formation, and often seen with cerebral palsy and spina bifida).
Traditional treatments for scoliosis include putting the child in a body brace for up to 23 hours a day, 7 days a week, or even using surgery to insert metal bars to try and force the spine into proper alignment.
As numerous studies have shown, chiropractic care has proven to be very effective in treating scoliosis and should be your first option in treating scoliosis instead of putting the child through the humiliation of wearing a body brace, or the dangers of surgery. Chiropractors will use spinal adjustments and work to remove pressure from the nervous system. Additionally, the use of physical therapy, postural and rehabilitative exercises will increase the strength and stability of the muscle protecting the spine.
One case study showed an improvement in just 5 months of chiropractic care that reduced the lateral curvature of the spine from 44 to 32 degrees.
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