Scoliosis Q&A

Scoliosis is a condition that is often misunderstood.  This article will attempt to address some common misconceptions about curvature of the spine and what can be done to treat it.

Who Gets Scoliosis?

Scoliosis can Affect Anyone | Call to Arrange an Appointment | (480) 892-0022
Scoliosis can Affect Anyone | Call to Arrange an Appointment | (480) 892-0022

Who gets scoliosis?  Well first off, you have to realize that there are generally considered to be two main types of scoliosis: idiopathic scoliosis and late-onset scoliosis.  The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis and it affects children and juveniles from ages 10 and up.  Children grow fast during a 30 month period from 10-12.  While boys are less likely to idiopathic scoliosis, they can still get it.  Idiopathic scoliosis affects preteen and teen girls.  Adults, however, are affected by late-onset scoliosis.

What causes scoliosis?  Doctors and scientists are still researching the causes of scoliosis.  What is known is that there is a genetic component of scoliosis.  If there is a history of scoliosis in your family, then calling a chiropractor who specializes in scoliosis should be consulted to see if there is any curvature and if so if it requires treatment.  As a rule only a curvature of the spine that is more than 20% out of alignment is treated.

Can Scoliosis Be Cured?

Can scoliosis be cured?  Well, there is good news and bad news about that.  There is not really a cure for scoliosis.  Scoliosis can be treated however, and in extreme cases vertebrae can be fused to straighten the spine.  Scoliosis treatment has come a long way in the past century or so.  Even where scoliosis bracing is concerned, it isn’t as bad as it used to be.

So if you or someone you love has been diagnosed, remember that treatment only proceeds based on several factors including the curvature of the spine, the patient’s health and other matters.  If you have questions or concerns, don’t be silent.  Call your scoliosis chiropractor today.

Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(480) 892-0022