There are so many conditions that afflict the spine and lead to an overall decreased quality of life. Some are more common than others, and some are more dangerous to our musculoskeletal health than others as well. One of the more common and detrimental spinal conditions that we see afflict roughly two to three percent of the United States population is scoliosis.
When an individual develops scoliosis, there is a curvature that occurs in the spine which is usually in the shape of the letter C or the letter S. There is a genetic basis for scoliosis but it can also occur arbitrarily in the body, which makes it even more difficult to diagnose. Scoliosis is usually found in children that are aged between ten years old and twelve years old, and if it is not treated effectively at the onset, the condition can worsen and the spine can curve so much that results in severe complication.
There are two main classifications of scoliosis. Structural scoliosis refers to the condition of scoliosis that is related to the actual structural characteristics in the spine. Structural alterations in the spine can occur as a result of other diseases, various types of infections, or a deficiency in a given nutrient or chemical compound.
The other type of scoliosis is known as non-structural scoliosis. This type of scoliosis could be rooted in improper alignment of another body part or some other developmental characteristic of the body other than the spine itself.
Chiropractors have the ability to assess the type of scoliosis a patient is experiencing, the age of the patient, the amount of growth that is left in the patient’s life, and the actual severity of the scoliosis, mainly the actual degree of curvature in the spine. Some chiropractors may suggest a back brace to correct the shape of the spine. In other cases, mainly in non-structural scoliosis, chiropractors can identify a certain alignment issue in another part of the body that could be contributing to the drastic curvature.
Scoliosis is a painful and sometimes crippling condition but with chiropractic care, patients with scoliosis have the ability to improve their musculoskeletal outcomes and not let their scoliosis alter their lives negatively. It is important to stay ahead of the curve as they say – meaning regular screenings and engaging in proper posture at all times.
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