Leawood’s Experts in Scoliosis Treatment & Care
Scoliosis affects nearly five percent of Americans and usually begins between ages 10 and 12. It causes no symptoms in its early stages and therefore is not obvious to the affected child. However, because it can cause serious complications if allowed to progress, early detection increases chances of successful treatment. All children between the ages of 10 and 12 should be examined for scoliosis. Noted by the sideways curvature of the spine, scoliosis cannot be cured but treatment may provide relief.
Presently, the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown. It appears to occur when a child begins to grow quickly in height and the body’s balance or straightening mechanism develops too slowly. At this critical time during growth, the spinal balancing or straightening mechanisms just seem to be overwhelmed in some children.
Scoliosis treatment has involved a “wait and see” policy since few early treatment options have been available. In the later stages, spinal bracing and surgery are the two most common treatments. Chiropractic care treatment, however, offers a more successful alternative in the earlier stages when the disorder is most correctable. Many cases can be stabilized, avoiding the need for bracing or surgery.
Indications that scoliosis may be developing are uneven heights of the shoulders, unevenness of the back surface from side to side or unevenness of the ribs in the front or on the side. All children should have a periodic screening examination for scoliosis, particularly if any of the above indications are observed.
Adult scoliosis presents a unique problem. Perhaps the most common difficulty adults face with scoliosis is the related back pain. It is both extremely common and difficult to treat.
How Chiropractic Adjustments Provide Relief
Chiropractic care has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for back pain. It continues to offer ongoing relief for the disabling back pain that can occur in adults and children with scoliosis.
Early detection and treatment of scoliosis is the best way to control the problem, preventing the need for more drastic health measures in many cases.