Scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curve in the spine. It creates imbalance of the musculature and uneven joint bearing pressures in the spine. It also can crowd vital organs and interfere with normal ranges of motion of the vertebrae or spine, and often will lead to premature degenerative changes or headaches. There are actually 3 types of scoliosis – Structural Scoliosis (meaning misshapen spinal vertebrae or pelvic components causing the scoliosis), Functional Scoliosis (meaning the spine is adapting for misalignments or an uneven base below to achieve balance), and Idiopathic Scoliosis (meaning there is no clear cause for the scoliosis). Structural scoliosis is the rarest and can only be managed surgically to correct misshapen bones. Functional and idiopathic scoliosis is the most common and treatable types of scoliosis from a chiropractic standpoint.
Scoliosis is most common in girls who undergo a quick growth spurt, and is progressive during the adolescent years. It is important to identify and correct scoliosis at an early age. During adulthood scoliosis is often stable, although may be symptomatic. During advanced age scoliosis can advance again, with a common concern being rib compression of the heart and lungs. Scoliosis may become more symptomatic during pregnancy due to the softening of the ligaments.
Contact BACK to Health Clinic for all of your spinal needs, especially if you have scoliosis. Ignoring the symptoms of scoliosis may likely contribute to arthritis or advanced degenerative disc disease.