Scoliosis is a disease in which a person’s spine curves sideways at an angle of 10 degrees or more. The human nervous system needs to consistently control our posture in order to keep a straight spine, but sometimes the spine begins to form a curvature which can lead to scoliosis. The vertebrae often rotates as well in scoliosis cases.
There are varying types of scoliosis. In most scoliosis cases, no one knows why the curvature begins to form. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. Functional scoliosis has a known cause, and it is often:
Problems with posture
Differences in leg length
There are many negative symptoms of scoliosis that can affect a person’s everyday life. It can decrease a person’s amount of physical activity, cause pain, and alter lung or even heart activity. They can even cause a person social problems. Since most people diagnosed with scoliosis are younger, they’re often picked on by others.
Luckily, most people with scoliosis have spinal curves that are hardly noticeable to an average person. However, growing children with scoliosis can have curvatures that worsen very quickly. In only a few months, a growing kid’s curvature could change by more than 10 degrees. People of this age group require constant checkups to monitor their curvature.
Patients are often given a physical exam that involves postural analysis. This is how the spinal curvature can be seen. Sometimes, patients need x-rays in order to have their spine further evaluated.
Scoliosis has numerous treatments that can aid in re-aligning the spine. Patients can be given back braces or even surgery. Also, careful observation is highly important in treating scoliosis because the curvature can always improve or worsen. Chiropractic care can help by providing:
Electrical muscle stimulation
These treatments used by chiropractors are particularly helpful to patients with back pain. Chiropractors can help people with scoliosis to have a happy and healthy lifestyle by encouraging physical exercise as well.