Scoliosis and Chiropractic Care

Scoliosis affects around seven million people in the United States alone. It is characterized by the sideways curve of the spine, usually resulting in a “C” or “S” shape. Scoliosis can be an extremely debilitating disease, but some studies are pointing to the practice of chiropractic care as being helpful.

While chiropractic care cannot heal scoliosis completely, the studies show that there is a good possibility that regular adjustments might decrease pain and improve the curvature of the spine, all while decreasing the many of the debilitating symptoms of the disability.

Who’s at Risk for Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is usually diagnosed based off a person’s family history, as well as conducting a physical exam and undergoing X-rays. Of course, it is possible for anyone to develop scoliosis, but it is more common for scoliosis to develop in children during their pre-teen years. Typically girls are diagnosed with scoliosis at a higher rate than boys.

What Causes Scoliosis?

Majority of scoliosis cases are classified as idiopathic, which simply means that there is no known cause. It is known that scoliosis is strongly tied to genetics, though. Some cases of scoliosis are caused by injury, infection, disease, or defect. Because there is such as strong tie to genes, it is recommended that siblings and other close family members are tested for the condition.

Chiropractic Care and Scoliosis Study

For individuals with a moderate curve, a brace is the typical treatment. However, there are several studies that point to the positive results of regular chiropractic care on scoliosis patients.

One study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine involved 28 individuals diagnosed with scoliosis. Each person participated in chiropractic care for roughly six months. Their Cobb angle (the angle of the curvature), level of pain, and level of disability were assessed at the beginning of the study, after six months of treatment, and 24 months after the completed treatment.

The study found that chiropractic care helped the patients experience lower levels of pain and disability. There was also an improvement of the patient’s angle of curvature. This study is quite amazing, especially since it only allowed for six months of treatment. Imagine the results with longer periods of chiropractic care.

Whether you have serious back issues or just regular, every day back pain, The Joint chiropractic place wants to see you. Stop by during one of our convenient times – no appointment necessary. Don’t forget to ask about our monthly memberships to get affordable chiropractic care for you and the whole family.

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