Scoliosis bracing is a viable option for a condition that affects over 3 million people in the US. Scoliosis can be subtle in some cases, or harsh depending on the curvature of the spine involved. This article will attempt to explore some common signs of scoliosis and the treatment options to consider.
Scoliosis Exams and Scoliosis Bracing
Before any treatment option such as scoliosis bracing can be determined, an exam must be completed by your chiropractor or other spinal specialist. You may be able to determine that you have scoliosis before you visit your physician by doing a few simple checks. How can you tell if you have scoliosis? According to the site medicinenet.com:”The most common symptom of scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine. Often this is a mild change and may be first noticed by a friend or family member. The change in the curve of the spine typically occurs very slowly so it is easy to miss until it becomes more severe. It can also be found on a routine school screening examination for scoliosis. Those affected may notice that their clothes do not fit as they did previously or that pant legs are longer on one side that the other. Scoliosis may cause the head to appear off center or one hip or shoulder to be higher than the opposite side. You may have a more obvious curve on one side of the rib cage on your back from twisting of the vertebrae and ribs. [READ MORE].
Even though it is possible to check yourself for symptoms of scoliosis, it is very important to know that a self-exam is NOT an excuse to avoid consulting a physician. A spinal specialist’s diagnosis is the definitive word on whether or not a patient has scoliosis as well as the treatment options available to the patient.
Which Scoliosis Treatment is Right For Me?
Which scoliosis treatment is right for you? That depends on the severity of your curvature as well as your age, and any other factors such as disease, genetics, etc. Some patients on the low end of the scale, particularly if they’re younger may just go through periodic checkups and observation. Some will have to go through surgery, though this is usually less than 1% of patients, and some will have scoliosis bracing recommended.
So remember, if you think you’ve got scoliosis, check yourself out and then get into a specialist. The best one? A chiropractor who specializes in scoliosis bracing.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296