Scoliosis is a condition characterized by the sideways curvature of a person’s spine, causing pain and stiffness. The cause of spine scoliosis is unknown, but studies have shown that the condition is more common in females and usually starts in childhood. If detected at an early age, a scoliosis chiropractic treatment program may help in preventing scoliosis from progressing in some cases and becoming worse that may lead to adult scoliosis.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are generally three treatment options for scoliosis—careful observation, bracing and surgery. Careful observation is the most common “treatment,” as most mild scoliosis’ do not progress and cause few, if any, physical problems. Bracing is generally reserved for children who have not reached skeletal maturity (the time when the skeleton stops growing), and who have curves between 25 and 45 degrees. Surgery, when all else has failed, is generally used in the few cases where the curves are greater than 45 degrees and progressive, and/or when the scoliosis may affect the function of the heart, lungs, or other vital organs.
However, in treating scoliosis, chiropractors generally are pro-active and do not adopt a “wait-and-see” attitude to see if the scoliosis progressively worsens beyond a point of “no return”. Chiropractors use different therapies in for each patient,depending on the severity of the condition. The primary method of chiropractic treatment involves the adjustment and mobilizations of the spine and joints.
Chiropractors also use other therapies to support the main treatment. It involves several treatment modalities designed in helping the patient’s body to heal itself, allowing the patient to return to his or her pain-free life. Example of therapies:
- Scoliosis physical therapy
- Physiotherapy Modalities
- Lifestyles changes
- Diet and supplements