Scoliosis is an abnormal, sideways curving of the spinal cord. Although some curvature of the spine is normal, individuals with scoliosis have curved spines that resemble the letters “C” or “S”. Scoliosis generally appears in the growth spurt right before puberty and has no known cause. The majority of scoliosis cases are mild, however some cases can develop into more severe cases as the individual continues to grow.
Did You Know?
Doctors measure the curvature of your spine using what is known as a Cobb angle. The Cobb angle helps doctors determine severity and treatment approaches for cases of scoliosis. Although a Cobb angle of 10 degrees indicates scoliosis, it generally does not require treatment unless it evolves to over 15 degrees. Additionally, a Cobb angle of 20-40 degrees generally requires more advanced treatment, while a Cobb angle of 40 degrees or above generally requires corrective surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have scoliosis?
You may have scoliosis if your spine is curved and resembles the letter “C” or “S”. Additionally, you may have scoliosis if your shoulders, hips, or waist are uneven, or if one of your shoulder blades appears more prominent than the other. Most cases of scoliosis do not cause pain and the primary symptoms are the structural indicators.
Should I see a chiropractor for my scoliosis?
Yes. Although chiropractic does not reverse, correct, or cure scoliosis, it can improve the structure of your spine. By improving your spinal structure, chiropractic care will also improve your function, increase your mobility, and decrease any pain or discomfort that you may feel. Additionally, chiropractic prevents further degradation of your spine.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia will develop a chiropractic treatment plan that could consist of spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, gently manipulating soft tissues, slowly stretching your joints, increasing your range of motion, or adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound or electrotherapy.