1 Nov 2021 Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis and Abnormal Spine Curvature
Chiropractic treatment for abnormal spine curvature or scoliosis may significantly reduce symptoms associated with these conditions. An abnormal spine curvature can cause an appearance of extremely poor posture and often leads to back and body pain. Scoliosis can also cause pain and poor back function, even as far as causing disability. Both of these conditions may not seem serious at first, but they can lead to chronic pain and mechanical problems in the body.
What is abnormal spine curvature?
There are two main types of abnormal spine curvature: lordosis and kyphosis. Lordosis, often referred to as swayback, occurs when the spine of the person curves drastically inward at the lower back. Kyphosis occurs when the spine of the person curves drastically outward in the upper back, causing a rounded upper back, or hunchback, appearance. Both abnormal spine curvature types can cause total body pain due to poor posture and uneven muscle strength in the body. People can be born with these conditions or develop them from keeping their body in a certain position long term, like using poor posture every day.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition in which there is a “c” or “s” shaped sideways curvature to the spine. Congenital scoliosis occurs in patients from birth, and secondary scoliosis is caused by an injury or neuromuscular disorder. Congenital scoliosis could show signs in infancy, but most people do not see the signs until between the ages of 10 and 12. Scoliosis may cause:
- Spine deformities
- Muscle spasms
- Overall physical deformity
- Leaning to one side
- Uneven shoulder blades
- Breathing issues
- Uneven waist
Kyphosis and lordosis often accompany scoliosis.
How does chiropractic treatment for scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis work?
Before any treatment takes place, the condition must be confirmed and diagnosed. Most of the time, the chiropractor will perform a physical exam coupled with an X-ray to determine the problem. Once the condition is diagnosed, the chiropractor will develop a customized treatment plan that addresses and corrects any vertebra that are out of place and any muscle imbalances that could be contributing to the issue. Treatment from a chiropractor should achieve noticeable results in curvature correction as well as relief from pain, stiffness and inflammation. Treatment will also improve the physical appearance of the patient’s condition, including straightening out uneven shoulder blades or hips. These treatments will include a series of chiropractor visits that may involve spinal manipulation to realign the vertebrea.
In some cases, surgical intervention and prescription medication is recommended to patients with scoliosis or severe abnormal spine curvature. However, it is important to first try out non-invasive options like chiropractic care. Surgical intervention is severe and a rare occurrence for most scoliosis patients. Retraining the body is the safest and most natural way to address these issues.
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To learn more about how we can help you overcome your scoliosis or abnormal spinal curvature and reduce the need for pain medication, schedule an appointment today for chiropractic treatment.