Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that causes stiffness and pain. It is called an idiopathic disease because the cause of it is unknown. Scoliosis is more common in females than males and begins in childhood. 2 percent of the population is affected with scoliosis. Severe cases of scoliosis can form a “S” or a “C” shape. If the curve is more than 60 degrees it is considered severe. Usually this curve makes the waist and shoulders uneven. Unlike normal curvatures of the spine, adjusting your posture will not correct the problem. In some cases degenerative disease of the spine can cause scoliosis also.
Chiropractic care can help improve scoliosis. To help identify the problem’s cause, our Little Rock chiropractor will discuss symptoms and previous injuries, your family’s health history, and recreational and work related activities. Most exams for scoliosis include the Adam’s Forward Bending Test and have been adopted by many schools, whereas they test for this in physical education classes. It requires the person to bend at the waist as someone views the spinal alignment. An orthopedic brace can be used to prevent the curve from worsening and does not limit physical activity. Moist heat will help alleviate the pain. In extreme cases surgery may be required but only after the continuous observation has shown that a brace and chiropractic care is not helping.
Regular visits to a chiropractor in Little Rock or surrounding communities to observe the progression of scoliosis is an integral part of living a full and happy life. Chiropractors visits can help alleviate the pain and help the range of motion of your back. Scoliosis can be treated in various ways to help manage and alleviate pain and restore normal functionality. Physical therapy may also be added to scoliosis treatment to increase muscle strength and mobility.
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