Five to 7 million people are affected by scoliosis in the United States. Over half a million visits are made to doctors offices for conditions related to scoliosis. Scoliosis can begin at any age but most often develops in children between the ages of 10 and 15. Typically, girls are more commonly affected than boys. Scoliosis can be inherited so, children whose parents or siblings that are affected by it should get evaluated by a chiropractor.Scoliosis is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine, measuring more than 10 degrees. Curves less than 10 degrees are considered postural distortions. The cause of scoliosis is unknown in more than 80% of the cases, this condition is considered idiopathic scoliosis. In other cases trauma, neurological problems or tumors are responsible for curvatures.
Scoliosis can significantly affect a person’s quality-of-life by limiting physical activity causing spinal pain and with more severe cases limiting lung function. Body distortions as a result of scoliosis curvatures can at times cause diminished self-esteem and other psychological issues.
Fortunately, 80% of scoliosis cases have curves of less than 20 degrees, which are typically not detectable to the untrained eye. The smaller curves generally are not a major concern unless there are signs of further progression. In growing children mild curves can worsen quite rapidly by 10 degrees or more in a few months, so frequent checkups by a chiropractor are necessary for this age group. X-rays are often utilized to monitor scoliosis curvatures.
The chiropractic approach to correct scoliosis is to use specific spinal adjustments often combined with corrective exercises. When detected early enough, chiropractic doctors have had excellent success with scoliosis cases. Early detection is important for best results. Do you know someone who could benefit from a chiropractic examination? Call or text to schedule an appointment with our clinic today.
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