Scoliosis is a progressive lateral curvature of the spine. It is normal for the spine to have curves when viewed from the side but the spine should be straight when viewed from the front.
Causes of Scoliosis
Scoliosis can affect both children and adults. It is more serious in children as it can rapidly progress as the child grows. Scoliosis is usually first detected between ages 10 to 15. However, it can also occur in younger children aged 3 to 10 years (juvenile scoliosis) and in babies (infantile scoliosis). Causes of Scoliosis are often unknown (idiopathic scoliosis). Scoliosis also occurs in adults with no previous history, due to spinal degeneration and advancing age.
Treatment of Scoliosis
We see the best results for scoliosis treatment when it is detected early and treated with:
- Specific adjustments designed to correct dysfunction of skeletal structures and reduce the torsion in the spinal cord
- Chiropractors prescribe personalized correctional tractions to maximize the correctional effect.
- Use of foot orthotics and heel lifts to level the pelvis
- Exercises specifically designed to address balance, coordination and proprioceptive (body awareness) problems
The treatment program requires a commitment by the patient and their family but is necessary to avoid much more drastic treatments later on.
Prevention of Scoliosis
Scoliosis results in poor posture, shoulder humping, muscle weakness, and pain. If scoliosis is treated early, patients can avoid these symptoms in many cases. If it is left untreated, scoliosis can sometimes require surgery.
Chiropractic care for scoliosis is very effective, especially when the deformity is in the early stages.