Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve to the right, left, or both ways. Approximately 6 to 9 million Americans suffer from scoliosis. Children and adolescents are likelier to be diagnosed with this condition than adults are. Did you that chiropractic care can effectively relieve scoliosis? Dr. Ricks has treated many scoliosis patients at Advantage Spine and Disc in Boise.
Causes & Types
- Degenerative: This type of scoliosis results from asymmetrical disc degeneration over time.
- Idiopathic: This just simply means there is no particular cause. This is the most common form of scoliosis which accounts for 80% of all diagnosed pediatric scoliosis cases.
- Congenital: If the spine does not properly develop in utero, congenital scoliosis may develop.
- Neuromuscular: This type of scoliosis results from the spinal cord, brain, and muscular system disorders.
- Syndromic: May develop resulting from an underlying disorder or syndrome.
- Thoracogenic: This is most commonly seen in patients who have asymmetric spinal development resulting from radiation treatment of surgery or childhood tumors.
Symptoms and signs that are present in people with scoliosis include:
- Uneven waist
- One hip that is higher than the other
- Uneven shoulders
- Shoulder blade that appears to protrude more than the other
The spine may twist or rotate if the condition progresses, which can lead to ribs on one side sticking out more than the other side.
Chiropractic care for scoliosis involves reducing or relieving pain by decreasing the pressure on the nervous system. This also helps to strengthen the body’s core. Chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not include the use of prescription medication. This is what makes chiropractic care such an appealing option for scoliosis relief.
Over time, chiropractic adjustments will reduce your pain, improve your range of motion, and enhance your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Our chiropractor may also give you some strengthening exercises you can do at home to support your joints, and give you helpful tips on how you can rest and move to relieve pain.
You should note that if you suffer from only minor scoliosis symptoms, you may not need any treatment at all. However, you may still need to occasionally undergo imaging tests to make sure the curve in your spine is not worsening. Physical therapy can help patients in need of minor corrective treatment. Severe cases on the other hand need traction which involves the use of hammocks and pulleys to pull the spine into the correct position. Dr. Ricks will evaluate your condition and lifestyle to come up with the best treatment option for you.
Contact Our Boise Chiropractor for Scoliosis Treatment
For more information on chiropractic care for scoliosis or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricks, call Advantage Spine & Disc today at (208) 336-2225.