What is Scoliosis & How Do You Treat It?
Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral (side to side) curvature of the spine and the pain associated with scoliosis is something that is frequently treated by the sports chiropractors. We can address scoliosis at both our Boise and Middleton locations. Scoliosis can vary in severity from a very mild curvature that the patient may not be aware of to severe deformities requiring bracing or surgery. This can be caused by a variety of different things, including muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy or a congenitally deformed spinal segment. However, often the cause of scoliosis is unknown. There does appear to be a genetic component to scoliosis, therefore, if a parent has it, children should be monitored closely. Scoliosis usually begins to develop during the growth spurt which occurs around puberty. Children with mild effect should be periodically evaluated by an orthopedist who will often use annual X-ray imaging to make sure the curvature is not getting more severe over time. This can be caught early by a family member if you notice any of the following signs:
One shoulder higher than the other
A shoulder blade that appears to stick out farther than the other
An uneven waist
One hip higher than the other
How Do Sports Chiropractors Treat Scoliosis?
If a lateral curve is present in the spine it cannot be reversed, corrected or cured. Dr. Jeff Harris at Harris Chiropractic of Boise is very experienced at treating the symptoms that can be associated with it by utilizing a unique combination of techniques to support the soft tissues that surround the spine as well as the joints themselves. Corrective exercises can be used to effectively strengthen the postural muscles, decreasing pain and symptoms of scoliosis. Even mild scoliosis can play a role in several different issues such as:
If you are suffering from scoliosis and would like to make an appointment at our clinic in Boise, or to discuss your condition with our sports chiropractor, please contact us or call 208-424-5100 today.