According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, roughly 2 to 3 Americans are living with scoliosis. That is around 7 million people in this country today.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition characterized by a sideways curve of the spine. The curvature is typically the shape of a “C” or “S” and can usually be diagnosed based on a person’s:
- physical examination
- X-ray of the spine
Anyone can develop scoliosis, but the majority of cases start with children who are 10-12 years old. Girls are often more affected than boys.
How is scoliosis treated?
If the curvature is mild, the doctor may choose to simply observe the patient to ensure that the condition does not progress. If the curvature is moderate to severe, the best course of treatment is usually determined by the following factors:
- Curvature degree and pattern
- Scoliosis Type
A moderate curve might warrant a brace. A brace helps to stabilize the spine to prevent the curve from progressing.
Chiropractic care to relieve pain and prevent the curve from progressing
- For example, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine involved 28 individuals diagnosed with scoliosis.4 Each person engaged in chiropractic care for a period of roughly six months. Their Cobb angle (the angle of the curvature), level of pain, and level of disability were all assessed at the beginning of the study, after the treatment concluded, and 24 months post-study.
- Researchers found that chiropractic care for scoliosis resulted in the patients experiencing lower levels of pain and disability, as well as improvement in the angle of the curvature. Therefore, this type of treatment offers many projected benefits to those living with scoliosis.
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