Scoliosis, a spinal disorder in which the spine has a sideways curvature similar to the shape of a C or S, has the potential to prove quite painful, making it difficult to experience the quality of life you deserve. There is a common misconception that not much can be done to prevent problems caused by such spine curvature. The truth is chiropractic care treats scoliosis, alleviating pain and preventing additional issues down the line.
A Closer Look at Scoliosis
The majority of scoliosis patients have the form known as idiopathic. More than three-quarters of all scoliosis patients have this form of spinal curvature. Idiopathic scoliosis is that which occurs without a known cause. The world’s top medical experts do not understand why this form of scoliosis develops or how to prevent it.
Alternatively, the form of scoliosis characterized by a congenital curve indicates the patient was born with vertebrae that formed abnormally. Scoliosis, with a paralytic curve, is the variety in which the muscles do not function. Myopathic deformity scoliosis occurs when muscles do not work as they should. It is also possible for scoliosis to arise from a secondary condition. Aptly dubbed “secondary” scoliosis, this form is commonly caused by osteomalacia or osteoporosis.
Scoliosis is diagnosed in a variety of ways:
- Medical diagnosis along with an analysis of the patient’s family history
- X-rays of the spine
- A physical exam
Although tempting to do, we don’t want you to try and perform a self-diagnosis by looking at your back while in front of the mirror. You could easily overlook the subtle signs of scoliosis with a DIY (do it yourself) diagnosis attempt. If you think that you might have scoliosis, give us a call and we will get you scheduled for a proper diagnosis.
Why Chiropractic Care is Perfect for Scoliosis
If you have scoliosis, do not suffer in silence. Be proactive and ask for assistance from a chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment does enhance pain scores and the Cobb angle. Our chiropractor might also recommend using an adult brace that minimizes pain and pressure while improving posture. Ideally, this treatment will be performed as soon as possible.
Though chiropractic treatment cannot eliminate the improper curvature of the spine, routine adjustments are undoubtedly helpful for enhancing posture and spinal alignment. Give chiropractic care a try after your scoliosis diagnosis, and you will find it significantly reduces your pain and boosts your quality of life. Some patients have even reported that chiropractic care performed in unison with a brace has eliminated pain caused by scoliosis.
Do not Assume the Pain Will go Away on Its Own
Scoliosis patients often suffer from additional conditions, many of which are related to the improper curvature of the spine. Such conditions often affect body sites ranging from the hips up to the shoulders and neck. Some scoliosis patients suffer from a high frequency of headaches. Chiropractic treatment helps to correct the underlying spinal misalignment that is likely to lead to additional pain down the line.
Schedule Chiropractic Care at Integrated Spine & Disc
If you have scoliosis or if you have any other type of back or neck pain and live in the greater Mandeville area, reach out to Integrated Spine & Disc today. Our chiropractor in Mandeville, Dr. Jeff, will gently and carefully adjust your back to reduce your pain, improve your comfort and enhance your quality of life. Give Integrated Spine & Disc a call today at 985-626-0999 to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment with our Mandeville chiropractor online.