Scoliosis is a common back condition that affects children and adults. At Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton FL, we treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues including scoliosis. You may have questions regarding the condition. Following are the answers to several questions our chiropractor frequently receives regarding scoliosis.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine of more than 10 degrees. Minor curves are more prevalent, but more significant curves affect about 1 out of 1,000 people. Scoliosis spine curves are typically in a letter C or S shape. Therefore, intervention is vital to prevent the condition from worsening.
What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
Curvature is noticed on an X-ray or from bending forward. Below are common symptoms of scoliosis.
- Differences in shoulder height
- The head is off-center from the rest of the body.
- The difference in hip position and height
- The sides of the back appear in a different position when bending forward.
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
A side-to-side curve measures scoliosis, but it is usually detected by leaning forward. When diagnosing scoliosis, our chiropractor also assesses the prominence of the ribs. Scoliosis screenings are conducted at checkups and school screenings. Pain is sometimes often a symptom of scoliosis, but this is not always the case.
Does Scoliosis Prevent Physical Activity?
Physical activity may be more challenging, but scoliosis should not prevent you from sports or other recreational activities.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a spinal deformity, and the exact cause is not known. Possible causes include asymmetric growth of the spine and hereditary factors. It is not caused by poor posture, injuries, backpack gear, or poor sleeping positions. Several studies have looked at genetics, hormones, and environmental factors as probable causes.
How is Scoliosis Treated?
Often, surgery is not required to treat scoliosis. Minor curves often require no specific treatment. More advanced curves are treated by wearing a brace that can prevent scoliosis from becoming worse. Also, chiropractic manipulation is a great treatment option for managing the symptoms of scoliosis. Regular chiropractic adjustments will relieve your pain, restore your range of motion, and improve your general body function. When you first visit our office, our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system to determine how you will benefit from chiropractic care.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Bradenton Chiropractor for Scoliosis Treatment
If you are looking for chiropractic care in Bradenton, contact Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic today. Call us at (941) 739-2900 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.