Chiropractic Treatment for Adult Scoliosis

Chiropractic Treatment for Adult Scoliosis

Scoliosis is often thought of as a child’s condition. Most cases of scoliosis are diagnosed during childhood. It appears to be an inherited or congenital condition in most cases. It’s fairly common, with around 2% of individuals affected at age 16. Children may be treated with braces or surgery, but neither treatment is curative. All of those children grow up and become adults with scoliosis. Childhood Onset Scoliosis causes a great deal of pain and disability in the adult population. For example, one series found that almost 60% of adults with childhood-onset scoliosis had back pain, and the severity of the pain increased with the severity of the scoliosis. As people age, their childhood-onset scoliosis can worsen. Adult Onset As people age, some develop cases of adult-onset scoliosis. Abnormal sideways curves aren’t a typical feature of aging, but do develop in some individuals. When they form, they can result in back and leg pain, stooped posture, and difficulty in walking. As the curves progress, individuals may suffer difficulty in performing many activities of basic living, and some even have trouble breathing. Treatment Treatments for adults suffering from scoliosis-related problems are limited. Braces can sometimes be helpful. Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles supporting the back can sometimes improve symptoms. Decompression or fusion surgery is occasionally performed. Chiropractic Chiropractic for adult scoliosis has been proven to be quite effective. Not only does it relieve symptoms, it also slows the progression of the curvature. In some cases it has been shown to reverse the progression of a curvature. A typical program of chiropractic treatment for adult scoliosis will consist of gentle spinal manipulation. It will also include a targeted exercise program to strengthen the muscles around the spine. Some of the exercises will be conducted in the chiropractor’s office and others will need to be completed at home. The spinal manipulation should improve some symptoms almost immediately. It takes time to re-build muscle, so the effect of the exercise program won’t be felt for several months, perhaps as long as six months. However, it’s well-worth the effort. Patients can expect to have their pain and disability dramatically...

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Chiropractic for Scoliosis: A Non-Invasive Option with Proven Results

Chiropractic for Scoliosis: A Non-Invasive Option with Proven Results

Should chiropractic for scoliosis be considered in this day and age? In a word, “Yes.” There have been compelling studies over the years which indicate it has the potential to be very effective in adults and children . The types of chiropractic treatments suggested by the studies’ organizers vary. Some recommend spinal manipulation to correct Cobb angles and others suggest treatments like whole body vibration therapy. Whole body vibration therapy has been around since the 1860s and is used by more than just chiropractors. In June 2013, study results were published in the online edition of Scoliosis magazine. The results showed that whole body vibration therapy, in conjunction with spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and other chiropractic care techniques can be effective at treating scoliosis in adolescents. Other studies have shown it to be successful at treating cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia and osteopenia. So, why are chiropractic treatments for scoliosis successful in certain cases? Experts widely agree that the disease involves abnormal curvature of the spine, which is an area often treated by chiropractors. What they don’t always agree on is the reasoning behind the formation of those unusual curvatures. There are those experts who believe the disease is congenital and some who think it’s caused by neurological disorders or early trauma. Lending to the debate is the fact that people can contract the disease at various stages in their lifetimes. Some are born with it and others don’t show signs until they are teenagers or adults. As such, chiropractic care has been effective in treating some cases of idiopathic, neuromuscular and congenital scoliosis because all cases aren’t the same. Nonetheless, it is an invasive treatment for scoliosis that should be considered in the majority of cases before surgical intervention is discussed. To learn more and find out if a loved one’s scoliosis will respond to chiropractic care, please contact us...

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Chiropractic for Scoliosis: A Non-Invasive Alternative for All Ages

Chiropractic for Scoliosis: A Non-Invasive Alternative for All Ages

There is a good chance that most middle age Americans will remember being checked for scoliosis by the school nurse. That’s because at one time, it was largely considered a condition that developed in childhood. Nowadays, as an October 2013 New York Times article pointed out, it is understood that the condition knows no age boundaries. Adults can develop it late in life too. For those who have never heard of scoliosis, it has to do with the human spine. In a healthy human being, the spine has three areas that curve vertically. They are appropriately called the cervical, thoracic and lumbar curves. Those curves are surrounded by other components such as muscles and nerves. In a person with scoliosis, the spine has more than just those vertical curves. It has lateral or rotational curves too. In such instances, the lateral curves tend to be 10 degrees or more beyond normal. As a result, when standing, the person’s body will clearly look asymmetrical. Oftentimes, the asymmetry will be so severe that the person’s body begins to take on the overall appearance of a letter S or C. It should also be noted that more than one form of scoliosis exists. The primary difference between the three main types of scoliosis is the assumed cause of the abnormal curvature. The first type is known as idiopathic. It is the most common because it includes situations where the cause is undetermined. The other two types are neuromuscular and congenital. All three forms can be treated with non-surgical and surgical means. One of the non-surgical treatments available is chiropractic for scoliosis. During the course of scoliosis treatment, the chiropractor attempts to manipulate the spine, muscles and nerves back into a vertical position by hand. It is often used in conjunction with other non-surgical methods such as bracing, body casting, physical therapy, acupuncture and clearly defined exercise routines. In addition to aiding in the straightening of the spine, chiropractic for scoliosis can also be quite effective when it comes to relieving pain. Because of that, people that opt to choose chiropractic for scoliosis tend to select Indianapolis chiropractors that believe in holistic health. The reason being is that holistic chiropractic care for scoliosis involves the treatment of the whole person, not just the spine. Thus, the chiropractor may address issues related to pain management, ambulation problems and more. To develop a better understanding of the specifics involved in chiropractic for scoliosis, please contact our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic today. We can help develop a plan of care based on your...

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