Scoliosis is a disfigurement that results in changes to the structure and function of the spine. It may be imbalances or dysfunctions in the proprioceptive and vestibular systems, which are the systems associated with body movement. It is commonly diagnosed in adolescence, though it can be found in adults as well.
Those inflicted with scoliosis can often experience their quality of life diminished. Participating in activities, sports, or everyday tasks can be limited because of the pain. Unfortunately, the cause of most scoliosis cases is unknown.
Scoliosis in Childhood
Most cases of scoliosis appear just before puberty when children commonly go through a growth spurt. Some common symptoms of scoliosis include:
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven waist
- One hip being higher than the other
- Reduced the amount of space within the chest
- Some difficulty breathing properly
As children begin to experience growth spurts, and the body is growing at such a fast pace at that age, specific malformations become cemented, which sets them up for long-term spinal dysfunction.
It is imperative to identify and correct scoliosis at a young age to avoid chronic ailments caused by nerve compression, disc herniation, general spinal dysfunction, and more. Chiropractic offers an alternative to parents to focus on the wellness of their children, without the invasiveness.
How Can Chiropractors Help Scoliosis?
It’s not uncommon for traditional medicine to ignore slight curvatures in the spine. Often, this means that there is no diagnosis of scoliosis until the curve produces a considerable distortion, pain, or indications of structural destruction.
Chiropractic treatment allows early detection by pinpointing minor degrees of curvature or distortion. Early detection of scoliosis at an early enough stage can help halt the progression of the condition or treat it before the symptoms begin to impact the patient’s mobility and life negatively. Chiropractors provide gentle and non-invasive adjustments to lessen joint restrictions and reduce inflammation.
Though impossible to cure, it may be possible to correct scoliosis using tailored chiropractic adjusts. Call us today to schedule adjustments that can help the condition of scoliosis. You can reach our office at (925) 681-0801.