Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal condition where the spine curves sideways. Some individuals that have scoliosis need scoliosis treatment while others who have milder curvatures may require to check-in with their doctors on a periodic basis for observation only.
Scoliosis Risk Factors
The following listed below are the risk factors for developing common kinds of scoliosis:
- Signs and symptoms normally start at the growth spurt that happens before puberty. This is between ages 9 to 15 years old.
- Though both boys and girls tend to develop a mild form of scoliosis at the same rate, girls tend to have a higher risk of developing worsening of curves and needing treatment.
- Family history. This disorder tends to run in families; however, many children with scoliosis doesn‘t have a family history of the condition.
Complications of Scoliosis
While many individuals who have scoliosis have a mild form of the condition, scoliosis can sometimes cause problems like:
- Heart and Lung damage. For severe scoliosis, there is a tendency that the rib cage will press against the heart and lungs, which will make it hard to breathe and difficult for the heart to pump blood.
- Back problems. Adults who have scoliosis since childhood are likely to experience chronic back pain as compared to individuals in the general population.
- If scoliosis gets worse, it can lead to more noticeable changes such as uneven shoulders, uneven hips, prominent ribs, and change position of the waist and trunk to the other side.
Can a Chiropractor Help People with Scoliosis?
Chiropractic treatment is highly encouraged among individuals suffering from scoliosis to lessen any possible impact on functional ability. It‘s vital for many individuals, including people with scoliosis to remain fit. Women have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis later in life as compared to boys. The risk for osteoporosis can be decreased among women who go through physical therapy. Moreover, weight-bearing physical activities such as soccer, gymnastics, running, and walking can help increase bone density and also help in preventing osteoporosis.
If you need to see a chiropractor for scoliosis, contact Denver South Chiropractic today to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 303-757-7272 now.