Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine.
When we look from the side-view of a healthy spine, there are 4 normal curvatures. A lordosis of the neck, kyphosis of the midback, lordosis of the lumbar spine, and kyphosis of the sacrum (tailbone area). When we look from front to back of the healthy spine, we should see a straight line.
If we see a curvature when we look from the front to back of the spine, this is called scoliosis.
The most common type of scoliosis begins in adolescence. The causes may include poor posture habits, spinal injuries from sports or accidents, muscle spasms along the spine, and genetics.
The treatment of scoliosis depends of the severity of the curvature. Most mild-moderate levels of scoliosis are treated with chiropractic care, strengthening exercises and stretches to correct the curvature.
The best time to begin chiropractic care for scoliosis is before the patient ends puberty. During this timeframe, the patient’s spine is still growing and developing, which allows the chiropractor to make the necessary corrections to the spine and muscles.
If scoliosis is detected in adulthood, the goal of chiropractic treatment is prevent the scoliosis from progressing and becoming more severe. The risks of untreated scoliosis include early onset of arthritis, degenerative disc disease, poor posture, severe muscle imbalances, and chronic pain.
For more information about Scoliosis, please contact Denaro Chiropractic at 978-664-1500. We are located at 350 Park St. in North Reading, MA. Communities we serve Chiropractic Care to include Andover, Reading, Wilmington, Stoneham, Woburn, Lynnfield, and Tewksbury.