Scoliosis affects as many as nine million people in the U.S. It is most often diagnosed in early adolescence. Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curve in the spine. It is diagnosed with guidance of an orthopedic doctor or chiropractor measuring the degree of curvature with a combination of physical assessment and imaging. The two primary go-to treatment recommendations for scoliosis are bracing and surgery.
Today, we will dive into the benefits of conservative care with the guidance of a chiropractor certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), an elite research oriented approach to spine alignment.
Health Complications Associated with Scoliosis
There are many different ways to classify scoliosis, depending on the severity, flexibility and underlying cause. Primarily, the degree of curvature is used to determine severity, with 10 to 24 degrees being mild, 25 to 49 degrees being significant, and 50 degrees or more being severe. The most common cause is largely unknown, with other causes being congenital birth defects and neurological disorders. Ultimately, scoliosis can lead to the following secondary symptoms:
- Disc degeneration or herniated discs
- Chronic neck or low back pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Poor rib mechanics affecting efficient breathing
- Organ dysfunctional from positional pressure
- Poor movement mechanics, leading to chronic fatigue and low energy
- Low self-esteem secondary to deformity
Chiropractic Care for Managing Scoliosis
Often, people with mild to moderate scoliosis will not seek formal treatment. On the other hand, with severe cases, the most common recommendation is surgery. Yet, there is a better way for addressing both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. Spine misalignment can have major repercussions for quality of life, warranting the expertise and care of a CBP provider. Potential treatment options for addressing scoliosis include bracing, scoliosis exercise, extensive education, lifestyle recommendations, pain management, and more.
The Benefits of Holistically Managing Scoliosis
There are many potential benefits to seeking CBP care for scoliosis, regardless of the severity or symptoms present. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce pain and improve spine flexibility for better managing scoliosis. Additionally, treatment options like the patented ScoliBrace have been shown to manage and prevent the progression of a spine curve (common over time without formal treatment). Ultimately, a CBP provider is specialized to help you maximize your spine health and minimize complications associated with scoliosis noninvasively and sustainably. This is a great alternative to the high cost and invasive nature of options like surgery, that should only be reserved for extreme cases.
Now that you understand the benefits of chiropractic care with scoliosis, it’s time to find a provider. There are CBP practitioners located throughout the U.S. Although they are high demand and not in every city, you can most likely find one close to your location. Get in touch with their office to see what benefits they can provide for your spine health.