Recognizing the Symptoms of Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition associated with an exaggerated curvature of the spine. In patients with this condition, the spine curves out to the right, taking on the appearance of a backwards “C.” Scoliosis usually begins in childhood—often just as puberty begins—but it can occur in patients of any age. Neuromuscular conditions, birth defects, and spinal injuries or infections can all lead to scoliosis, though in some cases, the cause is unknown. Fortunately, chiropractic care can often alleviate the symptoms of this potentially painful condition. Here is a look at the symptoms of scoliosis and how your chiropractor can help.
Signs of Scoliosis
The most common symptoms of scoliosis are uneven shoulders, waists, and hips. Frequently, one shoulder blade will appear more prominent than the other. Some people notice that one pant leg is higher than the other. As symptoms progress, the spine will begin to twist as well as curve, which causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out more than on the other side.
Most people with scoliosis have mild cases, which usually are not painful. However, severe cases can cause chronic pain and mobility issues. In severe cases, the heart and lungs can also be impacted when the ribs shift and put pressure on them. Severe cases of scoliosis also cause dramatic changes in appearance, which leaves some patients struggling with self-esteem issues and depression.
Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis
Chiropractors can help patients with scoliosis get the care they need without surgery and medications. There are many interventions a chiropractor can use for scoliosis, including spinal alignments, to help to restore the spine to a healthier position. The exact treatment plan and techniques used depends on the root cause of the scoliosis and the severity of the condition.
Chiropractors also combine chiropractic treatments with adjunctive therapies, like soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercises and stretches, and lifestyle modifications. When used alongside spinal adjustments and other chiropractic care for scoliosis, patients can achieve results faster and maximize their relief.
Fight Back Against Scoliosis with Chiropractic Care
If you see the symptoms of scoliosis in yourself or your child, make an appointment at Arora Family Chiropractic in Frisco. Drs. Arora and Holder became chiropractors after their own experiences with chronic back pain, and his care for his patients is shaped by the fact that he understands what they are going through. To make an appointment, schedule your visit on our website or call (214) 618-7746.