Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine where the spine moves to one side or the other. In some cases of scoliosis, the spine forms an "S" shape. There are several different kinds of scoliosis, and it may be present anywhere in the spinal column.
Idiopathic scoliosis is mainly seen in children and in adolescents. Although the cause of this type of scoliosis is not definitively known, there may be a genetic factor in its development, as it runs in families.
Functional scoliosis is unique because the spine is actually structurally normal, but it looks like it has a curve for other reasons. For example, if one leg is shorter than the other leg, the spine may have a curved appearance because the body is trying to compensate for that. This type of scoliosis can be resolved permanently if the underlying cause can be treated and resolved.
Congenital scoliosis is a result of the spinal bones not developing properly when a baby is still in the womb. This kind of scoliosis is present at birth.
The chiropractic approach to scoliosis treatment includes multiple parts in most cases. There are several different goals with treatment. The chiropractor will perform gentle spinal manipulations in an effort to correct spinal curvatures. These adjustments can do a great deal to relieve discomfort and pain caused by scoliosis. The chiropractic manipulations are often accompanied by other types of treatments. Physical therapy treatments like cryotherapy, electro-muscle stimulation, and therapeutic massage can be extremely helpful, and the chiropractor can customize a treatment plan that will include other types of treatments as needed. Each patient's scoliosis is unique, so each patient will have their own personalized plan for pain relief and spinal alignment.
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