Scoliosis Treatment in Waterford, MI
Scoliosis causes the spine to curve to one side, in either a C or an S shape. It most often appears in children, is more common in females than males, and affects between six and nine million Americans.
The cause of most cases of scoliosis isn’t known, but if left untreated, it can increase in severity, which is why it’s important to seek treatment at the first sign of symptoms.
Scoliosis is diagnosed when the spine bends more than 10 degrees to either side.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis can appear at any age, and is present in some infants, although the most common age of onset is between 10 and 12 years old.
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.
A person with scoliosis will have either an S or C shape in their spine that is more than 10 degrees. Severe scoliosis is when the curvature is more than 40 degrees.
What Causes Scoliosis?
The reason for most cases of scoliosis is unknown, although it has been linked to certain conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Marfan syndrome, and birth defects.
People who have scoliosis might first notice their clothes don’t hang properly. Other signs are when the head is slightly off-kilter; the ribcage isn’t symmetrical; a shoulder or shoulder blade is higher than the other; one hip is higher than the other, and one leg appears longer.
The goal of scoliosis treatment is to correct or stabilize the spinal curve to alleviate pain and discomfort. Regular chiropractic care will include spinal manipulations to realign the vertebrae and has been proven to reduce the severity of the spinal curvature.
Bracing is often used as a corrective measure in conjunction with manipulations. A brace can reverse an individual’s posture to help straighten the spine.
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