Scoliosis | CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES Ashland KY
Scoliosis is not a disease, but rather it is a term used to describe any abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Scoliosis is often found in the adolescent and teen years and is more common in girls, although boys can get it as well. Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or backbone. When viewed from the side, the spine should show a mild roundness in the upper back and shows a degree of swayback, inward curvature, in the lower back. When a person with a normal spine is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be straight. This is the opposite with someone with scoliosis is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be curved. When scoliosis occurs, the spine can curve in one of three ways:
- Levoscoliosis - The spine curves to the side as a single curve to the left (shaped like the letter C)
- Dextroscoliosis - The spine curves to the side as a single curve to the right, shaped like a backwards letter C. It can occur on its own or with another curve bending the opposite way in the lower spine, forming an S.
- The spine has two curves (shaped like the letter S).
Scoliosis can also form in different location of the spine:
- Thoracic Scoliosis - Curvature in the middle, or thoracic, part of the spine. This is the most common location for spinal curvature.
- Lumbar Scoliosis - Curvature in the lower, or lumbar, portion of the spine.
- Thoracolumbar Scoliosis - Curvature that includes vertebrae in both the lower thoracic portion and the upper lumbar portion of the spine.
Obvious signs of scoliosis are:
- An uneven waistline
- One shoulder blade sticking out further than the other one
- One shoulder higher than another
What Causes Scoliosis?
There are many types and causes of scoliosis, including:
- Congenital Scoliosis - Caused by a birth defects that affect the vertebral segments of the spine.
- Degenerative Scoliosis - This may result from traumatic injuries such as accidents or falls, bone collapse, previous major back surgery, fractures, or osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones. Certain illnesses can produce degenerative scoliosis.
- Idiopathic Scoliosis - The most common type of scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis, has no specific identifiable cause. There are many theories, but none have been found to be conclusive. It is generally accepted that it is due to hereditary and familial reasons and growth as a child. This is why it is important for children to be checked because scoliosis is more prevalent in children and can progress more quickly due to bone growth not being mature.
- Neuromuscular Scoliosis - A result of abnormal muscles or nerves. Frequently seen in people with spina bifida or cerebral palsy or in those with various conditions that are accompanied by, or result in, paralysis.
Our Ashland KY Chiropractic Specialists Can Help Your With:
Home Testing for Scoliosis
At CORE Health Centers we are dedicated to providing children, adults, and seniors with a healthier and more balanced way of life. There are several warning signs a CORE Health Centers’ chiropractor looks for that can help them determine if a child has scoliosis. You should refer yourself or your child to a CORE Health Centers’ chiropractor if you notice any of the following.
Treatment for Scoliosis
Scoliosis not only affects children and adolescents, but adults the same. There is good news, CORE Health Centers of Ashland KY can provide adults and kids chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractic adjustment for kids is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints that can help with scoliosis.
Scoliosis for Kids
CORE Health Centers of Ashland KY not only provides adults chiropractic adjustments, but kids as well. The chiropractic adjustment for kids is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints that can help with scoliosis.
Adult scoliosis typically arises from a combination of spinal degenerative conditions including disc degeneration, compression fracture, osteoporosis, and spinal stenosis. CORE Health Centers can provide adults chiropractic adjustments to help relief scoliosis. The chiropractic adjustment for adult scoliosis is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints that can help with scoliosis.