Scoliosis is a partially congenital condition that has several different treatment options from scoliosis bracing to surgery. Before we go over treatment options however, it’s a good idea to get some general information about scoliosis out there.
What You Should Know About Scoliosis
It’s not a disease, plain and simple. Scoliosis is the term describing a curvature of the spine. It doesn’t mean that you have some sort of infection. Take idiopathic scoliosis for instance. It occurs in 2% of the population and is the most common cause of scoliosis is children. “Idiopathic” literally means a condition with no known cause.
What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine. This is different from the normal straight vertical line. It’s basically the abnormal twisting and sideways curvature of the spine. With this condition, the spine curves in 1 of 3 ways:
- to the side, in a single curve to the left where C-shape is formed (levoscoliosis);
- to the side, in a single curve to the right, where a backwards C-shape is formed (dextroscoliosis);
- or the spine can have 2 curves, forming an S-shape
Common types of scoliosis include:
- Congenital scoliosis (present in infants)
- Neuromuscular scoliosis(the result of neuromuscular conditions)
- Idiopathic scoliosis
- Adolescent scoliosis
- Degenerative scoliosis (present in adults)
How Serious is Scoliosis?
How serious is scoliosis? Like all conditions, it depends on the type of scoliosis as well as the level of curvature of the spine. Both of these factors are one of the key methods of prescribing the correct method of scoliosis treatment, whether that be surgery, which usually only happens in about .01 percent of cases, to something as simple as a soft scoliosis brace.
In a great many cases, your chiropractor is likely to prescribe nothing more than observation. In a great many cases, scoliosis can be resolved as patients grow out of it. Literally in the case of adolescents and pre-adolescents. So understand that if your chiropractor has given you an examination, don’t panic about having surgery. Scoliosis can be serious in a lot of way, but it isn’t as bad as you might think, particularly with the right treatment options as we will cover in a future article.
So remember, you want to make sure you listen to your doctor for the advice they will give you as well as what scoliosis treatment options are available.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296