What is Scoliosis?
At Century Center Chiropractic, Atlanta chiropractor Dr. Jared Simon has direct experience working with both children and adults, many of whom have been dealing with a common chronic condition called scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
A person can be said to have scoliosis if their back abnormally curves side to side (a front to back curve is normal, and you actually have several of them in your spine called lordotic curves and kyphotic curves). This side to side curve is often described as a C-shaped curve or S-shaped curve and can vary from mild to severe.
It may not be clear what's causing every individual case of scoliosis, but in some cases, it may be caused by the presence of other conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. In some people, it can grow worse over time, and in severe cases may require serial bracing or surgical correction to prevent worsening curvature and associated complications. Genetics may also play a role.
Common Signs & Symptoms of Scoliosis
Mild to moderate cases of scoliosis may cause back pain and other symptoms including:
- Uneven shoulders, waist or hip bones
- The appearance of one leg being shorter than the other
- An asymmetrical curve or bump in the spine, especially when bending over
- One shoulder blade sticking out more than the other
Severe scoliosis may cause more pronounced postural deformities or even difficulty with breathing.
How an Atlanta Chiropractor Can Help Your or a Loved One Living with Scoliosis
Many services offered by our Atlanta chiropractor help children and adults living with mild to moderate cases of scoliosis, including:
- Adjustments maximize (though likely not correct) spinal alignment and trigger pain relief
- Corrective exercises help the person with scoliosis optimize their core stabilization and shoulder/hip/leg muscle flexibility and strength