What Scoliosis Does To The Spine

The spinal column plays an important part in the human body. It protects the spine and balances body weight. A healthy spine and spinal column are aligned mostly straight up the center of the body. Scoliosis is a condition where the spine develops a sideways curvature. For most people, scoliosis begins before puberty, during a growth spurt, though it can begin later in life as well. It is unclear what the main cause of scoliosis is, though it can often be caused by other conditions. Sometimes, the cause is a degenerative disease, like cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, or muscular dystrophy, and sometimes, the issue is postural or from an accident.

Occasionally, a cause may not be found. In the beginning of scoliosis, this condition may be presented as merely a small bend. This could be a misalignment of vertebrae. When the spine curves to either side by more than ten degrees, a diagnosis can be made.

It’s best that this diagnosis is made as early as possible so proper treatment plans can begin, as scoliosis will become worse over time. The body will work to keep the head as level as possible, and so musculature will build, and the spine will continue to be pulled to the side.

How a Chiropractic Care Plan Changes Life With Scoliosis

A chiropractor is a trained health professional who will perform a full examination. This will include an Adams Position Test. This test involves walking around and bending forward to examine the curve of the spine. If there is any concern about the curvature, an X-ray will be done to provide more information.

The chiropractor will ask for a full medical history to help uncover the possible cause of the condition so they can create the best possible treatment plan.

When scoliosis is left untreated, the spine will continue to curve in ways that cause long-term and debilitating problems. Patients may experience chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Sometimes recurring injuries happen. Because the curving of the spine affects the natural flow of the body, interrupting nerve signals and affecting blood flow, in severe cases, there can be health issues like diminished lung and heart capacity or physical disability.

With regular chiropractic care at FreeForm Chiropractic, work can be done to gently keep the spine aligned instead of allowing the misalignment to worsen. Coppell, Frisco, North Fort Worth, Trophy Club, and West 7th Street Chiropractors are experts in spinal alignment. Treatments will involve noninvasive adjustments to the spine to prevent the progression of the condition and keep the patient in the best health possible. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive, gentle, and long-term solution to maintain spinal alignment and fight against the effects of scoliosis.

You can schedule a consultation with our team at FreeForm Chiropractic to discuss a treatment plan for scoliosis at any time. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.

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