Scoliosis is known as the abnormal curvature of the spine. It is a condition that usually starts in puberty, as rapid growth increase can impact the way the spine builds. The degree to which the spine is being curved may vary based on the patient's condition and range from minor to an almost S-shaped spine. Some cases of Scoliosis can be connected to several conditions, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.
Some people who have Scoliosis never experience any signs or need to make any accommodations. However, Scoliosis can worsen without proper treatment and may lead to debilitating pain and discomfort. Many cases can lead to a decreased space in chest activity, creating shortness of breath and increased pressure on the heart. Patients who have Scoliosis from their teenage years need to be monitored for symptoms that the condition is worsening, commonly with X-rays to determine if the curve of the spine is increasing.
Many people who suffer from Scoliosis have a relatively minor condition, and several may not feel that they even have Scoliosis. Some of the known signs of Scoliosis in children, teenagers, and adults are:
More serious cases of Scoliosis can cause the patient's spine to rotate back and make a side-to-side curve, which causes one side of the rib cage to become more prominent than the other.
Oftentimes parents don't see the symptoms of Scoliosis in children, as they can be subtle. Coaches, teammates, or teachers can be among the first individuals to notice the curve on their child's spine. If you are a parent and already see signs of Scoliosis in your child, you should see a doctor right away.
Chiropractic care cannot 'fix' scoliosis medically, but routine adjustments and therapies can help with the overall posture and spinal alignment, lessening pain and improving your health and quality of life. For some patients, chiropractic care in conjunction with regular use of spine specific exercises and therapies can entirely eliminate scoliosis-related disease and pain.
Because the spine is in its unnatural position while having Scoliosis, the misalignment can lead to pain in the back, shoulders, hips, neck, and muscle strain.
A chiropractic adjustment or treatment can help minimize the strain on the muscles, letting the blood flow better to the injured muscles and lessen pain and inflammation. Chiropractic treatment for Scoliosis is most definitely not a short-term treatment. It takes “pressure over time” from your chiropractic doctor to get the most benefits from chiropractic care.
Visiting Good Life Chiropractic for gentle Scoliosis care is safe and affordable. However, pain relief is not the only reason why you need to consider chiropractic care for your Scoliosis. Below are some other reasons why it's beneficial to try chiropractic treatment, especially for your Scoliosis.
Chiropractic care is a natural treatment for other conditions.
If you have Scoliosis, it's possible that you may have other related conditions like radiating pain or numbness in your limbs, headaches, pain in your shoulders, neck, or hips.
Chiropractic treatment can help correct the spinal misalignments or subluxations that can cause some of these conditions. It provides you relief from other discomfort and pain and makes you feel and heal better.
Chiropractic care is non-invasive and cost-effective.
For people with Scoliosis, surgery is the last resort treatment. But there are many potential complications in this method, and it can be a very costly treatment, which many people cannot afford.
Considering chiropractic treatment can help you decrease and manage the pain relating to Scoliosis without the invasive method of surgery. In a survey of long term chiropractic patients, researchers found a reduction of over 60% in health care costs annually among those patients who had utilized chiropractic for 5 years or more. In a separate study, patients who turned to chiropractic as a first line of treatment saved over 40% annually, according to Blue Cross research.
Chiropractic care is drug-free.
Most people manage their discomfort and pain with prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs. Those who have tried surgery need medications and anesthetics as well. These medications may bring a host of side effects and risks, and some can be harmful and dangerous to the person taking them.
Good Life Family Chiropractic often offers the same or better levels of pain relief as what medications can provide, but without having to put yourself at risk of side effects.
Questions? Email DrJake@GoodLifeFamilyChiropractic.com.
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