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Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is not in proper alignment. The human spine is generally vertical in nature, with a slight degree of roundness in the area of the upper back and an additional curve in the lower back. Viewed from the back, the human spine appears to be almost completely vertical.An individual with scoliosis, however, has a spine that exhibits a lateral curve where the vertebrae should be in a straight alignment. There are several different types of scoliosis, as well as his numerous causes. Some types of scoliosis are caused by a birth abnormality, while others result from traumatic injury or illness. It is estimated that between two and three percent of Americans have scoliosis.
In some severe cases, scoliosis is diagnosed during childhood, through school screening exams or childhood wellness appointments with a pediatrician. In most cases, children who are receiving chiropractic care are diagnosed with scoliosis by their chiropractor. Once a diagnosis has been made, x-ray technology is commonly used to determine the degree of curvature. Common treatments for scoliosis include the use of a brace to impede further curvature or surgical intervention for patients who have advanced curvature of the spine.
Chiropractic care for patients with scoliosis differs from that of treating traditional back pain. Because scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, specialized treatment is required. Chiropractic care is focused on gradually correcting the alignment of the spine, rather than making immediate adjustments. A specific program of exercises can also be helpful, as well as the use of Denneroll devices and mirror-image techniques. Stabilizing the position of the head is often the first step in a chiropractic approach to treating scoliosis. As with any other chiropractic concern, creating an individualized treatment plan offers the best chance of success. Common treatments for scoliosis include the use of corrective chiropractic, CBP, bracing or surgical intervention.
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