What Precisely Is Scoliosis?
Patients who suffer from scoliosis have a bend in their spine. The abnormal bend may be to the left or right, and it can occur anywhere along the spine. When the bend is in the upper back, the scoliosis is called thoracic scoliosis. When the bend is in the lower back, the condition is called lumbar scoliosis.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Scoliosis can be caused by illness, injury, genetics, or even back surgery. One of the main illnesses that causes scoliosis is osteoporosis. Sometimes, the cause of a patient’s scoliosis is unidentifiable.
How Is Scoliosis Treated?
Most cases of scoliosis can be treated with natural and non-invasive methods. Some patients merely need to have their condition monitored by a professional who can make sure their scoliosis doesn’t worsen. Other patients only need monitoring and help with pain management.
Even when a patient’s condition calls for more than monitoring and pain management, chiropractors are often able to help slow the condition’s progression and lessen its symptoms through non-invasive procedures. Depending on a patient’s particular circumstances, a chiropractor might recommend a chiropractic adjustment, specific exercises, some lifestyle changes or posture correction.
Only the most severe cases of scoliosis call for surgical intervention. If the condition is identified and treated early on, surgery is often never necessary.
Who Should See a Chiropractor About Scoliosis Treatment?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with scoliosis may want to see a chiropractor, as they can provide non-invasive scoliosis treatments to reduce pain and help alleviate the condition. Even people who haven’t been diagnosed with the condition but are experiencing back pain might want to go to a chiropractor. A chiropractor can assess a person’s back pain and determine whether scoliosis is the cause. Since they specialize in the musculoskeletal system, and specifically in the spine, chiropractors are among the most qualified providers to diagnose scoliosis.