Scoliosis often starts as a small bend in the spine that slowly becomes more severe overtime. It is diagnosed if the patient has a bend in their spine greater than ten degrees to the right or left. It should be a major health concern if the spine further bends to a greater degree.
When the bending of the spine is caught early and addressed with proper care these life altering problems can be avoided.
Healthy spines are completely vertical and when there is a bend horizontally it becomes a condition called scoliosis. Scoliosis begins to develop, at various ages, when there is a vertebrae that is not completely aligned and as the body grows so do the muscles connected to the spine. The muscles begin to pull on the spine and deepen the curves that previously existed so that the head is supported vertically.
The initial misalignment can be formed from incorrect posture, a degenerative disease, or accidents involving the back. Most cases begin in children that are going through quick growth developments but it is not unheard of for adults to develop scoliosis as well. Osteoporosis can lead to scoliosis as well.
What are the Consequences of Scoliosis?
Left unchecked, scoliosis can lead to long term chronic pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and buttocks. There are many cases where scoliosis lead to a plethora of recurring issues. One of the issues is sciatica which has been linked to patients with scoliosis. In worst case scenarios, the capacity of the heart and lungs can decrease along with painful menstruation cycles and even physical disability.
How is Scoliosis Identified?
Usually, scoliosis is first noticed by a parent or guardian of the person. They typically see that the pelvis and shoulders are not level. A examination by a professional will assess the gait of the person and access the curvature of the spine. The Adams Position Test is often used as it requires the patient to bend forward in order to observe an abnormality. If a diagnosis can still not be readily given, X-rays are used to understand the severity of scoliosis.
Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis at LSM Chiropractic
Our doctors of chiropractic are professionally trained to diagnose a patient with scoliosis. Following, the history of the patient is examined to determine the possible cause of scoliosis. This is used to develop the correct treatment that will most efficiently and correctly address the bend of the spine.
LSM Chiropractic offers a non invasive and safe treatment that is able to prevent, slow, and stop the continuation of scoliosis. Specific spinal adjustments are common in order to reverse the horizontal curvature and help the recovery process.
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