Scoliosis is a sideways curve in the spine. In most cases, the curvature begins during a growth spurt right before puberty. Scoliosis can be caused as a result of a medical condition such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Many children without an underlying condition get scoliosis and the reason is unknown. Our staff at Family Chiropractic with Dr. Terry in Clifton Park, NY, can diagnose and treat the cause of scoliosis. We are proud to serve patients in patients in Mechanicville, Malta, and Latham with scoliosis pain management, back pain treatment, and chiropractic care. Whatever your health ailment is, our chiropractor in Clifton Park can help you find the best holistic treatment.
What Are the Symptoms Of Scoliosis?
The severity of the symptoms of scoliosis depends on the severity of the condition. The symptoms include:
- One hip is higher than the other
- Uneven waist
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder being more prominent than the other
- In severe cases, the ribs on one side will stick out more than the other
Who Is At Risk For Scoliosis?
While anyone can develop scoliosis, there are certain factors that put a child more at risk.
- Age: Scoliosis comes on during puberty. If a child hasn't developed scoliosis by then, there is a good chance that they won't.
- Sex: While boys and girls can develop mild scoliosis at the same rate, girls are more at risk for a worsened curvature which would require treatment.
- Family history: Scoliosis can run in the family; however, a child without any family history of this condition can still develop it.
How Is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
A doctor can perform a physical exam to check for the condition. The doctor will have your child stand up straight and bend forward from the waist. This will let the doctor see if the rib cage is more prominent on one side. Also, an x-ray can reveal the spinal curvature and its severity.
How Is Scoliosis Treated?
If your child's curve is very mild, treatment may not be necessary. The doctor will monitor your child's condition to make sure that the curvature doesn't get any worse.
In some cases, the doctor will recommend a brace. Braces won't cure the condition or reverse the curvature; however, it can prevent the condition from progressing. In most cases, the brace is worn at night and can be removed before any physical activity.
In severe cases, a surgery called spinal fusion may be necessary. During the procedure, the surgeon will connect two or more bones in the spine. This will keep them from moving independently. The surgeon will use a bone-like material, and they will be held with metal rods, screws, or wires.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
If you suffer from minor scoliosis and never had it treated as a child, a chiropractor can help. A chiropractic adjustment can help improve form which can improve function. A chiropractor can also help the joints move more smoothly. Chiropractic care can also reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
If you are suffering from back pain due to scoliosis, you should schedule an appointment with Family Chiropractic. Our chiropractor in Clifton Park treats patients in Mechanicville, Malta, and Latham. We can create a scoliosis pain management treatment plan to help reduce your pain and improve your mobility.