There are proven methods to treating scoliosis and reducing its symptoms. X-Rays allow doctors to measure the unique, three-dimensional curve of each person’s spine. This determines the best method of treatment; as every scoliosis is different.
Common symptoms associated with scoliosis include:
- One shoulder blade that is higher than the other
- One shoulder blade that sticks out more than the other
- Uneven hips
- A rotating spine
- Problems breathing because of reduced area in the chest for lungs to expand
- Back pain
In some cases if the scoliosis is severe enough, doctors will perform a spinal fusion. This is the standard scoliosis surgery. What they do is fuse the vertebrae together using a bone graft, rods, and screws (the bone graft consists of bone or material like it). The rods keep your spine in a straight position, and the screws hold them in place. Eventually over time the bone graft and vertebrae fuse together creating a single bone.
Besides surgery there are braces… they won’t straighten the spine, but they can prevent the curve from increasing. This method of treatment is effective in cases that are detected early.
There are 2 types of braces:
- Underarm: made of plastic and fits close to the body, this brace is used to treat lower spine curves and fits around the lower part of the body
- Milwaukee: this brace starts at the neck and covers the entire torso (excluding arms and legs). This is used for curves that the underarm brace can’t address
If you have scoliosis or had a spinal fusion performed to help correct the curve in your spine, chiropractors are able to adjust the area around the spine. We don’t adjust the repaired or fused area. It is imperative for people with this condition to see a chiropractor because their spines will degenerate much quicker than someone without scoliosis. Not only can chiropractic help potentially with the spinal degeneration but it can relieve the tension on the nerves caused by scoliosis like a chiropractic adjustment. For children and teens they should be seeing a chiropractor; as adjustments can lessen the degree of the curve or possibly reveres it.
Outside of the adjustments by a chiropractor, one to two hours of exercises a day is necessary to achieve the best results. Scoliosis exercises include balance training, strength training and, for severe cases of scoliosis, the scoliosis traction chair to elongate the spine and uncoil the nerves with vibration.
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