Scoliosis is a cause of pain and discomfort for more than three million people in the United States every year.
The statistics behind this condition are altogether frightening.
For instance: Eight out of 10 of the most severe cases in the U.S. affect young women.
Additionally, doctors are unable to find the cause of scoliosis in around 80 percent of cases.
This spinal condition can affect any person of any age, however the most common cases are in children between the ages of 10 and 15.
But there is hope. Most scoliosis cases are mild, allowing the afflicted to lead a normal, healthy life that can include participation in exercise, recreation, and other normal everyday activities.
IN Chiropractic, your local chiropractor in Fishers, can help examine, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for you or your child.
Read on to learn more about scoliosis, and call today to find out how IN Chiropractic can help.
What Is Scoliosis?
Medically speaking, scoliosis is known as a sideways curvature of the spine that can hinder mobility, cause back pain and other discomfort, create a hunchback, or even affect vital functions such as breathing and heart health.
This condition occurs most often in children just before puberty as they reach their initial growth spurt, and though it’s also thought to be caused by things like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the root of the majority of scoliosis cases is largely unknown.
The most common symptoms include:
- A visibly curved spine.
- Leaning or hunching to one side.
- Uneven shoulders.
- Uneven hips, or one side of the hip sticking out.
- Ribs sticking out on one side.
- Clothes not fitting properly.
In some cases, the spine can curve to form an “S” and even grow more severe as the affected patient grows older, which can cause significant physical pain and even disabilities.
Scoliosis requires a medical diagnosis through X-rays performed by a doctor or chiropractor, and in the most severe cases may even require corrective surgery.
However, surgery is looked at as the last resort, and while there is no cure-all answer for scoliosis, there are ways in which a chiropractor can help.
After receiving an X-ray by your chiropractor or doctor, patients affected by scoliosis will then receive a proper medical diagnosis.
In many cases, especially those involving children, routine X-rays may continue to be performed periodically to monitor whether or not the curve in the spine is getting worse.
Often times, after the initial growth spurt, this doesn’t happen and no treatment is required.
However, in other cases, patients may seek a solution to help them with scoliosis management and treatment.
That’s why IN Chiropractic in Fishers is proud to offer the SpineCor® scoliosis brace, which is known to be the leading gold standard when it comes to treatment and bracing.
Our partnership with the SpineCor® brace allows us to lend a helping hand to our patients who seek a solution without the need for surgery.
With the SpineCor®, you get:
- Four hours per day out of the brace.
- Total freedom of movement.
- Easy and cool to wear for better appearance under clothing.
If you are seeking to take a proactive approach to your scoliosis, contact IN Chiropractic to learn how we can help.