Scoliosis affects about 7 million people in the United States. It can be painful, and make simple activities like working, sleeping and exercise difficult. And no one really knows what causes it.
If you have scoliosis, a curved spine is a part of life. But pain doesn’t have to be. Dr. Keith McGahey of Eastside Chiropractic Group has been helping people with scoliosis get out of pain since 1998. Chiropractic treatment, when combined with other therapies like Active Release, can help improve flexibility, decrease pain, and make life fun again.
Read on for more information about scoliosis. And when you’re ready, give Dr. McGahey a call. You’ll be glad you did!
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It usually develops between 10 and 15 years of age. It occurs in both girls and boys, although girls are more likely to require treatment. In most cases of scoliosis, there is no known cause.
Luckily, most curves are minor (less than 20 degrees). But they can cause major symptoms. Scoliosis often causes pain and stiffness in the neck and back. And if left untreated, it can get worse, and may lead to chronic pain and headaches.
Functional vs. Structural Scoliosis
Functional and structural refer to how a spine with scoliosis moves. In some cases the part of the spine where the curve is moves really well. In other cases it hardly moves at all. And that can make a difference in how you feel, and how well you function.
This means that even though there is a scoliosis, the spine and joints still move well. Things like poor posture, a muscular imbalance, or legs that are different lengths could contribute to this type of curve. This type of scoliosis responds well to chiropractic and Active Release, which can help reduce pain and stiffness.
With this type of scoliosis, the spinal curve is NOT flexible and does NOT move properly. It is more difficult to treat since the spine doesn’t move. Although it does respond very well in some cases. There is no evidence that functional scoliosis will lead to structural scoliosis.
Can Chiropractic Help My Scoliosis?
Yes! Scoliosis responds well to a comprehensive approach to care. And improving spinal joint motion, increasing flexibility, and strengthening are all important components. This can help decrease stress on the joints of the spine, especially where the curve occurs.
Chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal joint motion, and decrease joint pain. Therapies like ART can quickly improve flexibility and function in muscles and soft tissues. Therapeutic exercise and stretching at home can help to maintain those improvements, allowing greater freedom of movement, and less pain.
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Don’t let the pain of scoliosis keep you from the activities you enjoy. Dr. McGahey has been helping people with scoliosis stay active since 1998. And chances are he can help you too.
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