Scoliosis typically begins as a minor bend in the spine that gradually progresses over time. Common symptoms include widespread pain throughout the spine, but a child might also complain about pain when exercising. Children are often checked by a PE teacher, so if your child’s school suggests that you make an appointment with a physician, it’s important to take it seriously.
If the spine curves more than ten degrees to the right or left when a patient is facing the examiner, a diagnosis of scoliosis is made. Once the spine has advanced to more extreme stages of scoliosis, there can be severe health consequences. The good news is that if a bending of the spine is discovered early on, and chiropractic care from Pierce Chiropractic is received, it can be prevented from advancing to a debilitating state.
Shoulders or hips look uneven
The presence of a hump in the middle or upper back
Decreased lung capacity which leads to shortness of breath
Widespread back pain (Scoliosis typically effects the entire spine)
It might start as the simple misalignment of a single vertebrae, but over time the body will begin to compensate, building musculature that will continue to pull the spine into lateral curves in order to ensure that the head remains level. Children who are inactive or exhibit postural issues are at higher risk of developing or exacerbating the disease, although the origin could be the result of some kind of trauma.
Although development of the disease is often aligned with the onset of puberty (during rapid spurts of growth), older patients suffering from degenerative disorders (osteoporosis) can also develop Scoliosis. It’s also important to note that people are not born with Scoliosis, but there is a genetic factor. Curvature of the spine happens with estrogen-related diseases that are carried by females, so Scoliosis occurs more often in female patients.
Degenerative diseases (osteoporosis)
The greatest benefit of chiropractic treatment is realigning the spine to its natural position.
After rehabilitation and treatment is complete, the patient should be able to live a pain-free life.
Scoliosis can hold patients back from doing the things they enjoy. With proper care you can get back to your life.