Of all the various medical conditions that affect the back and spine, Scoliosis is one of the most commonly misunderstood. What exactly is Scoliosis, and what are the most effective methods of treatment?
Essentially, this is a neuromuscular condition that causes changes in the alignment or curve of the spine. The majority of cases occur in children between the ages of 10 and 14, and the condition is usually progressive. That means there are plenty of adults living with Scoliosis — or the residual symptoms of childhood Scoliosis — as well.
The actual cause of Scoliosis is faulty communication between the brain’s motor-sensory system and the spine. Essentially, the brain fails to give the correct signals about the position of the body and the amount of strength required to move and maintain proper position. The resulting curve of the spine can be anywhere from 15 to 50 degrees. Different patients will have a curve at different places in the spine, and some patients will also have a tilted pelvis.
Essentially, the common symptoms of Scoliosis include imbalanced or uneven shoulder blades, or the appearance that one shoulder is larger or stronger than the other. A waist or pelvis that appears uneven is another common symptoms.
The curve or alignment of the spine can be affected in different ways, depending on the individual and the severity of the Scoliosis. Many cases are mild, but it’s also possible to see the curve of the spine progress as children grow.
What about the causes of Scoliosis?
It’s true that this condition tends to run in families, but the bottom line is that medical science doesn’t have a clear explanation as to how most cases of Scoliosis develop. Injuries, birth defects, and other neuromuscular conditions (such as muscular dystrophy) are considered to be causes of the disease.
More important than understanding the causes of this condition, perhaps, is the importance of understanding how it can be treated. Children who have Scoliosis, but are left untreated, can develop a painful and debilitating spinal curve which limits their activities and hinders their movement. This is something that no child should have to go through!
Fortunately, there are treatments for Scoliosis — and if the condition is recognized early in puberty, the effectiveness of the treatment increases.
What are the treatment options for Scoliosis?
Body braces and (in the most severe of cases) surgery are the conventional treatments prescribed for this debilitating condition. Both of these treatments can be highly effective and life changing in many cases. Many cases of Scoliosis can be improved by wearing special braces — and in cases that progress severely, surgery can be undertaken as a last resort.
Chiropractic treatment is another possible solution for many cases of Scoliosis. By treating the spine naturally using chiropractic adjustments (also known as subluxations), it’s often possible to correct underlying imbalances and restore full health to the spine — without heavy braces or invasive surgery. If you’re looking for natural and alternative treatments for your child’s Scoliosis, finding a reputable chiropractor in your area and having a consultation is worthwhile.