Effective scoliosis treatment is possible through integrated medical care with Eastside Medical Group
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine that often started between age 10-15 when the bones of the spine are still growing.
Facts About Scoliosis
- Scoliosis is quite common. About 3% of the US population are affected.
- It’s the most common spinal deformity
- In most cases, scoliosis has no obvious cause. (This is called idiopathic scoliosis.)
- Females are more likely to develop scoliosis curves.
- Scoliosis treatment has made significant improvements in recent years and less invasive options have been found to be effective.
What is the Cause of Scoliosis?
In many cases, the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown. Scoliosis is detected by uneven shoulder heights, a loss of structural balance, or a change in posture. More often seen in girls, scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process or an injury.
It usually starts with problems in the lower back. Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens.
Scoliosis Screenings for Kids
Some students receive scoliosis screenings at school, but many do not.
If your child is in 5th or 6th grade and has not, yet, been screened for scoliosis, make an appointment with Eastside Medical Group to ensure that your child’s spine is developing normally during this critical period of growth and development.
A recent chiropractic study found that chiropractic adjustments can reduce abnormal spinal curve in adolescents.
According to the study children under the age of ten had three times better correction after chiropractic treatment than children older than age ten. That means that the earlier a child receives chiropractic adjustments, the greater the chance that this type of scoliosis treatment can make a marked correction.
What is Involved in Scoliosis Treatment?
Unfortunately, the most common scoliosis treatment approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets, but the chiropractic approach is to use specific spinal adjustments, often combined with corrective exercises.
If detected early enough, chiropractors have had excellent success with scoliosis cases. Although non-invasive scoliosis treatment through chiropractic can’t reverse a scoliosis curve, it has been shown to stop the curve from advancing.