Scoliosis Treatment with Our Atlanta Chiropractor
Scoliosis is a common spine condition that’s diagnosed in about 3 million people every year in the United States. If someone in your family is facing scoliosis, of course you’ll want to learn as much as possible about what to expect. Our Atlanta chiropractor can diagnose and provide care for your scoliosis, as well as answer any questions you may have.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a curving of the spine that’s usually discovered between ages 10 and 15, when children are growing rapidly. The spine grows sideways, in an S or C shape; if the curve is greater than 10 degrees, scoliosis is present.
- Scoliosis can be mild, moderate or severe - Most cases are the mild type, and may not need treatment, but children should be monitored at least every 6 months to see if the curve is becoming more pronounced as they grow.
- What causes scoliosis? - The majority of cases are idiopathic, meaning there’s not a known cause. Other less common forms can be due to diseases, birth defects or spinal injuries.
- Who develops idiopathic scoliosis? - Girls and boys have mild scoliosis in about the same numbers, but girls are much more likely to have their curve get worse and need treatment. Scoliosis may run in families - if one child has scoliosis, you should screen your other children for it.
- Scoliosis can develop in adulthood, too - As your joints and discs start to wear out due to aging, this can cause a form called degenerative scoliosis.
What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
Signs of scoliosis may escape notice at first because they come on gradually. Symptoms include:
- A shoulder blade that sticks out or is higher than the other
- Waist or shoulders that look uneven
- A hip that’s higher than the other
- Back pain
Treatments for Scoliosis
Treatments can help all forms of scoliosis. The most common, mild form may just need observation. For moderate scoliosis (a more than 20-degree curve) a brace may prevent the curve from growing, especially when started early, before growth spurts. In severe cases (a greater than 45-degree curve), spinal fusion surgery may be the answer.
Your Atlanta chiropractor can diagnose scoliosis at its earliest stage with an exam and X-rays. Early treatment and monitoring is vital to keeping the curve from getting worse.
Your chiropractor can play an important role on your scoliosis care team, providing therapies that help relieve pain and muscle tension, and improve posture and mobility.
Contact Our Atlanta Chiropractor Today
If your family is experiencing scoliosis, we are your trusted practitioner of natural, non-invasive therapies. You’ll like our holistic approach, conservative care methods and dedication to improving your quality of life. Call Century Center Chiropractic at (404) 634-1669 or book your appointment online.