Scoliosis Treatment From Our Chiropractor in Freehold
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. The severity of the condition varies from mild to severe. In severe cases, the curvature can reduce the amount of space in your chest, which can make it difficult for your lungs to function properly. This condition often occurs during growth spurts right before puberty. Fortunately, at Old Bridge Spine and Wellness, serving Old Bridge, Freehold, Matawan, and surrounding areas, our chiropractors can diagnose and treat this condition to relieve your symptoms.
What Causes Scoliosis?
In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. However, many people who suffer from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and children born with birth defects can develop this condition. The same is true if you have a tumor or infection of the spine.
What Are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
There are a few signs and symptoms of scoliosis that you should know. These symptoms include:
- Shoulders that are uneven
- One shoulder blade that seems to protrude more than the other
- One hip that is higher than the other
- An uneven waist
- Hands that don't hang straight by your side
- A slight hunch
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
It is not difficult to diagnose this condition. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and order X-rays to get a clear picture of your spine. In order to rule out other conditions such as a tumor, your doctor might also order an MRI.
How is Scoliosis Treated?
The treatment that your doctor would prescribe depends on the severity of your condition. In mild cases, physical therapy and exercise are enough to treat the problem. Many doctors recommend sports to people with a very mild case. In more severe cases, wearing a back brace might be necessary. In some cases, surgery might be required. During the surgery, a metal rod would be placed to help keep the spine straight. This would connect two or more bones in the spine together so that they cannot move independently. This is called a spinal fusion.
How Can Our Chiropractor Help with Scoliosis?
If you are suffering from scoliosis, our chiropractor can help. While chiropractic treatments cannot correct, cure, or reverse the condition, it can make living with the condition easier. Chiropractic treatments can improve the function of your back, increase the mobility in your joints, improve your posture, and help relieve the pain associated with the condition.
Many people with scoliosis struggle with emotional and physical discomfort and our chiropractor can help with both of these issues.
Schedule an Appointment Today for Chiropractic Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, you should make an appointment with Old Bridge Spine and Wellness. We treat patients in the Freehold and Matawan areas. After a complete exam and X-rays, our chiropractor can create a treatment plan to have you looking and feeling better. After the first chiropractic adjustment, you should start feeling some relief.