Scoliosis Treatment in Garden City, MI
Scoliosis is an abnormal and sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty and affects between six and nine million Americans. The cause of most cases of scoliosis isn’t known, although it can be caused by conditions such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.
Scoliosis is diagnosed when the spine bends more than 10 degrees to either side.
Most cases are mild, but others can become increasingly severe and eventually can reduce the amount of space in the chest, making breathing difficult.
The good news is that chiropractic care can halt the curvature of the spine and alleviate pain and discomfort.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is when the spine bends sideways into either an S or C shape. There are several types of scoliosis, depending on the cause and age of the patient.
The condition usually begins with a vertebra that isn’t aligned correctly, and if untreated, the body will compensate by building musculature around the vertebra. It’s twice as common in girls than in boys.
What Causes Scoliosis?
While the cause of scoliosis isn’t known in more than 80% of cases, contributing factors include postural issues, degenerative diseases, and traumatic accidents. Genetic and environmental issues are also believed to be risk factors.
Scoliosis commonly begins in children aged 10 to 12, during rapid growth spurts.
Scoliosis can also develop due to birth defects, and in people with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and Marfan syndrome.
A physical examination is crucial for a scoliosis diagnosis because pain often isn’t present. People with scoliosis might notice their clothes don’t fit as well, that one pant leg seems longer than the other, or the waist is uneven.
A person’s head might appear to be off center, and one hip or shoulder might be lower than the other. More severe curves can decrease heart and lung efficiency causing chest pain and difficulty breathing.
Let Drs. Adam and Amanda Apfelblat help bring you better health and a better way of life through chiropractic wellness care by calling and making an appointment today.