Often diagnosed in children, scoliosis is a condition that impacts the curvature of the spine. Although most cases of scoliosis are mild, there are instances where the can become painful and debilitating. Although chiropractic and medicine are not able to reverse scoliosis, a chiropractor may be able to stop the progression and improve your quality of life. Below, let's take a closer look at what scoliosis is and how a chiropractor, like Sharratt Chiropractic, can help.
What is Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine contains an abnormal curve. Typically, the spine has a natural curve that occurs laterally. The natural, normal curve ideally places the head over the pelvis. The body is designed this way to act as a natural shock absorber, working to absorb impact and motion from moving and bending. A normal curve in the spine is located at the lateral, thoracic, and lumbar region. Doctors will often refer to this curvature occurring in what is called the "sagittal" plane. Patients that suffer from scoliosis experience a curve that occurs in the "coronal", or frontal plane of the body. More plainly, this is a sideways curve occurring in the body.
Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis
Typically, scoliosis is first diagnosed in children or in young adolescents. In most cases, the sideways curvature of the spine is mild. There are some telling signs that a child might have the beginning symptoms of scoliosis. First, the child may appear to have uneven shoulder blades. One shoulder blade may stick out more prominently than the other. The abnormal curve of the spine can also be noticed in the lower back, with an uneven waist, or one hip bone slightly higher than the other. As the condition progresses, the spine will begin to twist. As this happens, you may notice that the ribs on one side begin to stick out more than the other.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
There are many chiropractic techniques that can help with scoliosis. A chiropractor may use manual adjustment techniques, massage therapy, or strengthening and stretching exercises to help treat the effects created by scoliosis. In many cases, chiropractic care can help reduce or eliminate pain associated with the condition. Regular chiropractic care can even help slow or stop the progression of scoliosis curvature. It is not possible to reverse or eliminate the impact of scoliosis, but a chiropractor can work to make living with the condition pain-free.
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We treat many conditions and injuries at Sharratt Chiropractic Family Health and Massage Center, including scoliosis. Our team of caring and professional chiropractic professionals is knowledgeable and caring, treating our patients as if they were members of our own family. Our office is conveniently located at 940 W. Wilson St., Batavia, IL 60510, and we proudly treat patients in the St. Charles, Aurora, and Geneva areas. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (630) 406-8088!