Scoliosis and ChiropracticScoliosis is a disorder of the curvature of the spine laterally, characterized by a curvature greater than 10 ° in the frontal or coronal plane.

Appears frequently in the teenage years and often coincides with the period of greatest growth. It is more common in girls because their growth is usually faster at this age. It appears that genetic inheritance is a major contributor to a scoliosis.

Scoliosis is classified into three groups depending on their cause:

  • Scoliosis Congenital vertebral malformations caused by birth. It can be caused by: deficiency in the normal formation of the vertebrae, absence of vertebrae, partially formed vertebrae and lack of separation between the vertebrae.
  • Idiopathic scoliosis: up over 80% of all scoliosis and its cause is unknown. There are three types of idiopathic scoliosis: children (up to 3 years old), juvenile (3 to 9 years old) and adolescents (10 to 18 years of age).
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: Because primary neurological or muscle disorders that cause loss of trunk control due to weakness or paralysis. Is associated with many neurological disorders: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, paralytic disorders, spinal cord tumors and neurofibromatosis (a genetic disorder that affects peripheral nerves and causes spots on the skin).

Idiopathic scoliosis can go unnoticed in a child because it is rarely painful in the formative years. Therefore, parents should watch for the following warning signs of scoliosis when their child is about 8 years of age: Scoliosis and Chiropractic

  • Uneven shoulders
  • Prominent shoulder blade or shoulder blades
  • Uneven waist
  • Elevated hips
  • Leaning to one side

Chiropractic treatment has presented high degree of success in the treatment of scoliosis. There is evidence that Chiropractic can decrease the progression of degeneration in the spine. Degeneration of the spine is caused by lack of motion or abnormal movement of a joint. Chiropractors restore movement in joints and ensure that the joints of your spine are moving correctly. Degenerative changes are permanent, so the key is stopping the damage before it is done. Chiropractic also is also very effective in pain management, and can often decrease the painful symptoms of having a spinal curvature.

The diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis as soon as possible is very important, the adolescent growth stage is the best time to correct it.

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