What is scoliosis? WebMD defines scoliosis as an abnormal curvature of the spine. Any curvature at least 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. This curvature can be shaped like a C or an S. Although scoliosis can be caused by cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause is generally unknown in at least 80% of cases. It is often diagnosed when children are being tested for it in middle school. In some cases, though, a person is an adult before being diagnosed.
It is our hope that you never have to suffer from scoliosis. Nonetheless, if you or your loved one does, it is better to be diagnosed as early as possible. For example, a 6-year-old with an 8-degree curvature is better off than a 12-year-old with a 14-degree curvature.
Why Is Early Detection Important?
Early detection allows doctors to slow or even stop the advancement of the problem. It also aids in preventing psychological consequences that may affect a person’s self-esteem. If left untreated, scoliosis can cause long-term health problems, such as
- Breathing problems
- Heart problems
- Spinal pain
- Disc degeneration
- Reproductive and pregnancy problems
How Is Scoliosis Cared For?
According to the healthcare community, there are 3 main care options:
- Leave it alone until treatment is absolutely necessary
- Wear a back brace for 23 hours per day
The Root Cause
One thing that can cause scoliosis is head or neck injury. An injury like this can interfere with the proprioceptive system of the body. This system allows the body to know its relative position in space. The upper cervical area of the body has the most proprioceptors. So when an injury occurs to this area, it can cause a number of serious health problems.
Here at Scenic City Clinic of Chiropractic in Chattanooga, TN, we are trained to find and adjust any misalignments of the upper cervical area. Once a misalignment is corrected, proper physiology and neurology will be reestablished in the body. This allows for healing and, hopefully, will prevent scoliosis from getting worse.
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