Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that causes stiffness and pain. It is called an idiopathic disease because the cause of it is unknown. Scoliosis is more common in females and begins in childhood. However, merely 2 percent of the population is afflicted. If it is detected early, scoliosis treatment will prevent it from worsening over time.
Scoliosis is derived from the Greek term meaning curvature. People with scoliosis have a sideways curve in their spine that makes an “S” or “C” shape. The vertebrae can rotate at the thoracic level of the spine causing this curve and resulting in a hump near the rib cage. If the curve is more than 60 degrees it is considered serious. Usually this curve makes the waist or shoulders uneven. And unlike the normal curvature of the spine, adjusting your posture will not correct the problem.
In some instances, the degenerative diseases of the spine can cause scoliosis. Osteoporosis is when the bones soften and usually occurs in older people. This softening can cause the vertebrae to bend and shape the curve causing scoliosis or kyphosis (round back). If not treated properly, severe back pain, deformity, and difficulty breathing can be some symptoms that will arise.
Chiropractic care can help improve this condition. We look at your overall health examining your spine as well as other factors of your lifestyle. To help identify the problem’s cause, we will discuss symptoms and previous injuries, your family’s health history, and recreational and work-related activities.
Most exams for scoliosis include the Adam’s Forward Bending Test and have been adopted by many schools, whereas they test for this in physical education classes. It requires the person to bend at the waist as someone views the spinal alignment. If there is an abnormal prominence or hump we can help you. We will measure the length of the legs to determine unevenness. We also perform a range of motion test that measures the degree to which the patient has mobility at the waist. If needed, we will refer you to a specialist for further scoliosis treatment.
An orthopedic brace can be used to prevent the curve from worsening and does not limit physical activity. Moist heat will help alleviate some pain. In extreme cases surgery may be required but only after the continuous observation has shown that a brace is not helping. Spinal fusion and instrumentation is a surgery specialized for people with scoliosis whereas rods and hooks are inserted to help align your spine and prevent further curving.
Regular visits to observe the progression of scoliosis, are an integral part of living a full and happy life. Scoliosis can be treated in various ways to help alleviate pain and restore normal functionality. Regardless of the treatment used, physical therapy may be added to scoliosis treatment to increase muscle strength and mobility. If you have any questions about your physical limitations, please contact us.
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My mom took me to see Dr. Hoch when I started running track in school and my hip and bunions started hurting. Dr. Hoch treated me with regular weekly adjustments for my hip and lower back and scoliosis (which one doctor told me I had after having several school physicals throughout the years). She also suggested orthotics for my shoes to correct my foot balance, poor posture and reduce the bunion pain. She told me the bone callus (bunions) may reduce in size in time, but may never go away completely. I got my orthotics and wore them immediately with new tennis shoes.
Within a couple of weeks of wearing them, along with getting my feet adjusted and my spine adjusted my bunions stopped hurting, my back and hip stopped hurting as well, and after 6 months, the x-rays showed improvement in my scoliosis. I now am involved in several sports and enjoying them without pain.
I have a disorder known as scoliosis and was having numbness in my fingers and stiffness in my back. I had not been to a chiropractor before, but I was willing to try. The first few times the adjustments hurt, but after doing the recommended exercises, stretching and watching my posture, I have no numbness and no stiffness. My sister also sees Dr. Hoch. I am very confident in chiropractic and recommend it to others.