what is it, how do you treat it?
Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral (side to side) curvature of the spine and the pain associated with scoliosis is something that is frequently treated by the sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan locations. Scoliosis can vary in severity from a very mild curvature that the patient may not be aware of to severe deformities requiring bracing or surgery. This can be caused by a variety of different things, including muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy or a congenitally deformed spinal segment, however often the cause is unknown. There does appear to be a genetic component to scoliosis, therefore, if a parent has it, children should be monitored closely. This usually begins to develop during the growth spurt that occurs around puberty. Children with mild effect should be periodically evaluated by an orthopedist who will often use annual X-ray imaging to make sure the curvature is not getting more severe over time. This can be caught early by a family member if you notice any of the following signs:
- One shoulder higher than the other
- A shoulder blade that appears to stick out farther than the other
- An uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
How do sports chiropractors treat scoliosis?
If a lateral curve is present in the spine it cannot be reversed, corrected or cured. The sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center are very experienced at treating the symptoms that can be associated with it by utilizing a unique combination of techniques to support the soft tissues that surround the spine as well as the joints themselves. Corrective exercises can be used to effectively strengthen the postural muscles, decreasing pain and symptoms of scoliosis. Even mild scoliosis can play a role in several different issues such as:
If you are suffering from it and want to schedule an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or to discuss your condition with a sports chiropractic physician, contact us or call 952-479-0043 today.