Scoliosis & Chiropractic Care
Scoliosis is a Greek word meaning curved or bent. Scoliosis refers to lateral or sideways curvature of the spine. It is a descriptive term and not a precise diagnosis. Scoliosis can affect any age and most commonly develops in childhood. It is observed in a higher percentage in females than males and symptoms vary in each person from none to severe pain and subsequent postural changes such as raised shoulder and hip compared to other side. Note that often symptoms only occur once the scoliosis is advanced. X-rays are essential to diagnose the severity of scoliosis and monitoring the progression in children.
Main types of scoliosis are idiopathic (unknown causes), structural: caused by degenerative, traumatic or congenital issues affecting the spine (such as a birth abnormality) and lastly functional scoliosis: due to posture and functional changes.
Once you are aware a scoliosis is present it is critical to maintain optimal spinal function. This is achieved with regular chiropractic care aimed to slow or stop further degeneration of the spine in combination with regular exercise and modifying life style factors.
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