If you want to correct scoliosis, you have to look at all of your treatment options. And there are a few. And notice we said that there are scoliosis treatment options, not a cure.
Why Isn’t There a Cure For Scoliosis?
Why isn’t there a cure for scoliosis? We get asked that a lot. Well, for one, we are still trying to find out what causes it. The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic is a fancy word that literally means “We don’t know what this is.”
However, there does appear to be a genetic factor in scoliosis. For example if one of your parent or one of your parent’s siblings has scoliosis, it is likely that you will have it or another sibling will. Your scoliosis chiropractor in Arizona will ask you questions about your family’s medical history.
Scoliosis Treatment Options: Bracing May Be Your Best One
Once you’ve gotten a scoliosis diagnosis however, then it is time for your scoliosis chiropractor in Arizona to review scoliosis treatment options with you. There are usually three main options for treating scoliosis. The first is observation. Observation is usually recommended for either younger patients who will simply grow out of their spinal curvature, or for patients that show signs that condition will correct itself with time. Observation is the most common of scoliosis treatment options. The next option is surgery.
Most people get unnerved at the idea of spinal surgery, and rightly so, but first off there isn’t as much to worry about as you might think. Surgery is rare. It is only recommended in about 0.5% of all scoliosis cases. What happens during surgery to correct scoliosis? Well, two of the vertebrae are fused to straighten out a patient’s spine, usually towards the lumbar section of the spine. The final option is scoliosis bracing.
A lot of people think that scoliosis bracing is like it was in the old days. Basically someone put on an armored breastplate and had to wear bulky clothes or employ other methods of hiding a bulky spinal brace. That was the way spinal braces used to work, and in some cases they’re still prescribed, but the percentage of patients who get these braces is even smaller than people who are prescribed surgery, roughly .02%. Nowadays, one popular option is soft scoliosis bracing.
Soft scoliosis bracing is made of durable plastic that moves with a patient, allows exercise, and is easily hidden under a normal outfit. Which option is right for you?
First off, you need to schedule an exam. Once the exam is completed, the best scoliosis chiropractor in Arizona can give you the option that works best for you.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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