With nearly five million affected, scoliosis is a back condition that can cause an immense amount of discomfort as well as the potential for mobility disturbances. Our Lithia Springs chiropractors have extensive training in scoliosis relief and have been assisting patients in regaining the ability to manage their day to day lives more effectively.
What is Scoliosis?
When the spine develops a lateral or sideways curve more significant than 10 degrees, scoliosis will develop. In many cases, scoliosis is idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown. However, in 20 percent of all cases, scoliosis presents as a result of a neurological condition, trauma, or tumors.
Those who have functional scoliosis have posture concerns or legs of different lengths or, in some cases, muscle spasms. Functional scoliosis can be managed and treated. If scoliosis is deemed structural, posture adjustments may be ineffective. With this condition, females are more likely to develop it and will usually present around the ages of 10 to 15 years old. This condition is also hereditary, and if one child has it, chances are their siblings are more likely to develop it.
Things To Know About Scoliosis
The severity of scoliosis can vary; however, common symptoms include pain, a decrease in range of motion, and the possibility of reduced heart function. In some cases, mental health can be affected as this can be an emotionally hard on a child as their physical appearance or ability to perform routine functions can be altered.
On average, there is usually less than a 20-degree curvature; however, as the onset of this condition is adolescence, this can occur over a shorter time frame making the curve more noticeable. When diagnosing scoliosis, an X-ray will be ordered to determine the severity of the curvature.
Natural Treatment Methods
Standard treatment practices include spinal adjustments and manipulations, as well as electric muscle stimulation and exercises that can prove therapeutic to the muscles.
With regular chiropractic care, pain and discomfort are greatly decreased in scoliosis patients. When spinal adjustments and correct posture is practiced, other areas of concern and symptoms concerning scoliosis are also diminished. Instead of just masking the pain, our dedicated chiropractors work to determine the underlying cause and develop treatment options that will not only manage symptoms but treat the overall condition.
At our Lithia Springs chiropractic clinic, our skilled and compassionate chiropractors are here to help as we strive to provide our patients with exceptional care. Contact us today by dialing (404) 602-0388 to schedule your appointment!