Scoliosis is a curvature in the spinal column and affects 5-7 million people in the US alone. Although scoliosis can begin at any age, it most often develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15. Because scoliosis can be inherited, children whose parents or siblings are affected by it should definitely be evaluated by a trained professional.
Evaluation begins with a thorough history and physical exam, including postural analysis. If a scoliotic curvature is discovered, a more in-depth evaluation is needed. This might include a search for birth defects, trauma, and other factors that can cause structural curves. Depending on the scoliosis severity, x-rays may need to be repeated as often as every 3 to 4 months to as little as once every few years.
Scoliosis Treatment: Observation, Bracing & Surgery
There are generally three treatment options for scoliosis—careful observation, bracing, and surgery. Careful observation is the most common “treatment,” as most mild scolioses do not progress and cause few, if any, physical problems. Spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and electrical muscle stimulation have also been advocated in the treatment of scoliosis. None of these therapies alone has been shown to consistently reduce scoliosis or to make the curvatures worse. For patients with back pain along with the scoliosis, manipulation and exercise may be of help. Physical activity including exercise is generally well-tolerated and is encouraged in most cases.
Schedule Scoliosis Treatment
Baltimore Back and Pain Center offers non-invasive, natural scoliosis treatment. At our chiropractic clinic, we have several techniques that can specifically address the condition or pain complaint. Call the office or request an appointment on line for a free office introduction and consultation.
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