Scoliosis can become a serious deformity of the spine where the spine is curved and twisted when viewed on Xrays from the front. When this curvature worsens it can often be a hindrance to performing daily activities like bending down, sitting, and walking. People with scoliosis are also known to have more severe back pain than people without.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of scoliosis, and haven’t been able to find relief through traditional treatment methods, then non-surgical scoliosis care at our Advanced Spine & Posture may be the answer.
Here is how we approach scoliosis treatment at Advanced Spine & Posture Center:
- We first evaluate and diagnose the condition
- Establish the underlying cause
- Administer comprehensive non-surgical scoliosis specific treatments
- Then design an at-home program scoliosis exercises and stretches
Brief Overview of scoliosis
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. The spine as viewed from the front is usually straight. Scoliosis is a condition that occurs when the spine becomes crooked, bent, and twisted.
It is characterized by uneven spinal column development, which is caused by abnormal growth in one or more of the vertebrae. This uneven growth usually affects teens from age 10 to the time they are fully grown. The exact cause of the development of scoliosis is unknown. The condition can vary from mild to severe and may affect any part of the spine. Severe forms may require surgery. All severe cases of scoliosis started as mild ones. This is why it is so important to get checked, even if you believe the curve is mild.
The most common form of scoliosis is called Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). It starts in adolescence (ages 10-18) and has an unknown cause, although it is known to be genetic. 80% of all scoliosis cases in adolescence are considered to be of unknown causes.
Sometimes scoliosis may also be associated with other diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and asymmetrical bony development (Hemi-vertebrae).
Many cases of childhood scoliosis continue to progress into adulthood. If untreated, scoliosis in the adult may lead to serious health problems such as:
- Inability to walk properly
- Problems breathing (aspiration)
- Severe low back pain
- Arthritis of the spine and hips.
Diagnosis of Scoliosis
The identification of scoliosis is performed by our providers who use a variety of tests to try to determine whether you have the condition and the underlying cause of your scoliosis. The initial step in the process is to perform an evaluation known as a “structural exam.”
The gold standard for identifying and measuring scoliosis is to properly take X-rays. Often performing a neurological examination is also done. If necessary, our providers may perform additional tests such as an MRI or CAT scan.
Our team will help diagnose scoliosis based on your medical history, physical examination, and x-rays or CT scan findings. We will then recommend treatment to help improve the curvature or, at minimum, prevent the curve in your spine from worsening to the point of needing surgery.
Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis
Research shows that a properly administered scoliosis treatment plan can help prevent the worsening of scoliosis in about 85% of cases. So there are still 15% of cases that will still progress regardless of the conservative interventions.
Non-surgical scoliosis care is based on the belief that because scoliosis is a mechanical problem, mechanical interventions including traction and exercises, can halt the progression and sometimes reverse a curve. These are not your typical exercises… Only exercises designed in an asymmetrical manner, specific to each curve can help properly manage scoliosis.
Advanced Spine & Posture Center Can Help Treat Your Condition
Whether you are suffering from mild, moderate, or more severe spinal scoliosis, we can help. Our board-certified team of healthcare providers will work with you to figure out the root cause of your scoliosis.
Advanced Spine & Posture Center offers a comprehensive form of treatment that involves treating the spine and general body health. Schedule an appointment with our doctors today.