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Suffering From Scoliosis?

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Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

When viewed from behind, your spine normally runs in a straight line from your neck to your lower back. When a person has scoliosis, the spine has a sideways curve that forms an S-shaped or C-shaped curve. In severe cases, the spine may also twist or rotate.

What causes scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be hereditary and about 30% of adolescents with scoliosis have a family history of the condition. The exact cause of scoliosis can’t be identified in most cases, but it may be associated with:

  • Genetics
  • Birth defects
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Uneven limb length
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Tumors on the spine
  • Spinal muscular dystrophy

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Body asymmetry: uneven shoulders or one hip may be higher than the other
  • Gait changes: abnormal spine formation affects the way a person walks
  • Reduced range of motion: rigid spine makes it difficult to bend
  • Pain: severe curvature may cause muscle spasms, spine degeneration, joint inflammation, strained muscles

How can chiropractic care help scoliosis?

Chiropractic care can help guide the spine into natural alignment. Depending on the severity of the curvature and the age of the patient, chiropractic treatments may restore the natural curve of the spine.

Patients with scoliosis often benefit from chiropractic rehabilitation such as posture training, scoliosis massages and stretches, an external weighting system, and torso exercise. Posture training is important in younger patients whose bones are still growing. The way they sit and stand has an impact on their scoliosis -- either good or bad, depending on their posture.

What factors influence intervention for scoliosis?

Medical doctors sometimes take a wait-and-see approach in children with mild scoliosis, evaluating the child every few months to make sure the condition isn’t worsening. Deciding when to treat scoliosis is done on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of the curve and the curve’s location.

Age is also an important factor. If the bones have stopped growing, the curve won’t worsen. On the flip side, treatment is most effective in children whose bones are still growing, so earlier treatment is better.

If your child has a moderate case of scoliosis and their bones are still growing, medical doctors recommend a brace. However, a brace doesn’t reverse the curve that has already developed, it only stops it from getting worse.

A thorough evaluation performed by Dr. Donnelly provides the information you need to make decisions about when to treat scoliosis. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to learn about the health of your child’s spine and potential therapies that will alleviate scoliosis.

Dr. Patrick Donnelly at Think Chiropractic understands the concerns of teens and their parents. He’s available to perform an evaluation and talk with you about chiropractic care to alleviate scoliosis. If you have any questions, please call his office in Chamblee, Georgia, or schedule an appointment online.


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Think Chiropractic
5001 Peachtree Boulevard
Suite 625
Chamblee, GA 30341
(404) 793-2264

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