What is Scoliosis?
The spinal column is made up of 24 small bones called vertebrae. Seven are located in the neck or cervical area, twelve in the mid-back or thoracic area and five in the low back or lumbar area. They protect your spinal cord and allow you to move around in all directions. The spine when viewed from the back should appear fairly straight. However, the average person has a slight curve often due to right or left-handedness.
When someone develops a slightly greater curve than “normal” it is called Scoliosis (from the Greek word for “crooked”). It is known that most people are able to live normal lives; however, cases when the curve is severe are when people can suffer from internal problems. It should also be noted that poor posture is not a cause of Scoliosis and women with Scoliosis do not have more problems carrying babies to full term than women who do not have this disease.
Scoliosis is a condition of the spine where a lateral or sideways curvature of greater than 10 degrees develops. Scoliosis is caused by an abnormal curvature of the spine. The spine has a natural curve to it, but when it takes the shape of a “C” or an “S” , scoliosis is present. It is sub categorized by cause as a secondary condition, idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown), or congenital.
Scoliosis is more common among girls and it typically develops between the ages of 10 and 15. It can also be passed down, so if a parent or sibling has it there is a higher likelihood of a younger child getting it.
Secondary scoliosis is usually caused by either physical injury, or an existing neuro-muscular disorder. Idiopathic scoliosis, which most often presents in adults, occurs when doctors cannot pinpoint a cause. However, this form of scoliosis presents patients with less side effects.
Functional scoliosis means that a postural issue, muscle spasm or legs that are different lengths is the cause. This type of scoliosis can usually be remedied. If the scoliosis is considered structural, various postural strategies are usually ineffective.
Congenital scoliosis occurs in patients at birth, and implies that there is spinal anomaly present from the beginning.
An abnormal curvature greater than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. Curves within the 20 to 40 degree range are considered moderate forms of scoliosis. These moderate forms should be monitored and therapies, such as chiropractic care and supportive bracing, can be used to increase function and diminish degeneration over time.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Scoliosis can cause decreased range of motion in one direction in any part of the spine that is associated with the curvature. Due to these spinal differences the muscles will become tight, tender and achy.Some of the common symptoms of scoliosis include intense pain, reduced range of motion, reduced lung function and reduced heart function.
Typically, those who have scoliosis won’t experience back pain, so it’s important to look for physical signs such as:
- Uneven shoulders or a shoulder blade that protrudes farther than the other when standing
- A rib hump (rib prominence) or a lower back hump (lumbar prominence) when bending forward
- One hip may appear higher than the other
Majority of people with scoliosis have a curvature of less than 20 degrees, but since it occurs most often during adolescence, it is possible to see large increases in curvature within a short period. Scoliosis is usually diagnosed through physical evaluation and x-rays to determine the extent of the spinal curvature.
Berovic Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis
Scoliosis is one that has the potential to cause a great deal of discomfort and immobility. Berovic Chiropractic has the ability to provide relief to many scoliosis patients, making their day-to-day lives more manageable.
Scoliosis must first be properly diagnosed, and an x-ray is the best way to do this.Visualizing spine curvature is done more easily this way, and the “C” and “S” shapes are more prominent in x-ray. Which is why Berovic Chiropractic clinic recommends patients who have been diagnosed with Scoliosis to bring with them their X-ray results.
Dr. Michael Berovic treatment to scoliosis involves include spinal manipulation and therapeutic exercise. Many of our patients with scoliosis that had chiropractic treatment report an improvement in their condition. Sometimes the change in posture and gait created by scoliosis causes other areas to overcompensate, causing pain and leading to new issues.Berovic Chiropractic Clinic will search for the underlying cause of all your structural aches and pains, and find the solution that works best for your specific situation.
During adjustments, patients can experience a curvature correction ranging from twelve degrees even to complete restoration. Traditional methods like braces are unable to achieve such results, which is why chiropractic care in the treatment of scoliosis is so intriguing. Because Berovic chiropractic care can help, in many cases, to restore spine curvature back to normality.
Even for patients who do not have diagnosed scoliosis, abnormal curvature of the spine can cause discomfort and symptoms of pain and inflammation. Dr. Michael Berovic can address these, and by realigning the spine and surrounding anatomy, patients experience real relief. During treatment Dr. Michael Berovic will work with your medical doctors to ensure we are doing everything we can to help you.