Scoliosis & chiropractic care: restore a more normal posture
Scoliosis is a curve in the spine that is greater than 10 degrees. Scoliosis commonly begins in puberty when the body is experiencing a growth spurt. When adults develop scoliosis, it is usually connected with a specific occurrence such as a car crash or slip and fall. Adult scoliosis can cause arthritis and degeneration of skeletal strength and flexibility from an undiagnosed case of subluxations made worse by aging.
Scoliosis affects approximately 3% of the US population. Signs and symptoms of scoliosis may include:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
- Uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
Surgery is only considered for extreme, ongoing pain, or for patients where the curvature is so pronounced that balance is difficult, or other quality of life considerations.
Non-operative treatments, including chiropractic care are the standard of care. While not a cure, these interventions are an effective way to reduce symptoms.
A regular chiropractic treatment plan for scoliosis can improve the quality of life for scoliosis sufferers by:
- Improving range of motion
- Reducing pain and discomfort
- Decreasing inflammation
If you suffer from scoliosis, chiropractic care can help you get relief from your symptoms, including restoring a more normal posture without surgery or other medical devices. Most importantly, chiropractic care can help you to avoid unnecessary pain medications.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.