Growing up, you most likely experienced at least one of those checks that happen in gym class to see if you have scoliosis. After your teenage years you probably haven’t experienced these checks again. Did you know that you could be diagnosed with scoliosis as an adult? Adults who are diagnosed with scoliosis are usually surprised. Scoliosis within adults and children is relatively the same, an s shaped curve in the spine, however, adults are faced with a different set of struggles as a result. There is an all-natural treatment for scoliosis that has been seen to help both children and adults with their scoliosis symptoms.
What Causes Scoliosis in Adults?
There are three sources that have been to be thought to cause scoliosis in adults:
- Osteoarthritis, which is a bone degenerative disease that can affect the bones within your spine
- You may have been previously diagnosed with scoliosis as a child and received surgery treatment for it
- You may have idiopathic scoliosis, which is the most common type of scoliosis that is related to age, and was unnoticed during your younger years
When the bones within the spine, the vertebrae, or the discs that act as cushions between the vertebrae become weak and start to degenerate on one side faster than on the other side, the spine may begin to curve. This curve could resemble an s or c in shape. Normally this curve is found in the early years of adolescence, but in adults with scoliosis it may not have been noticed and is noticed in adulthood. When it is not diagnosed early on, the scoliosis continues to progress and can become more extreme as time continues until it causes pain. If you were previously diagnosed with scoliosis and had surgery to correct the spinal curve, you could continue to be fighting the symptoms throughout the rest of your life.
Adults Have It So Much Worse
When children or teenagers experience scoliosis they don’t always experience pain as one of their symptoms. Adults, however, do experience pain and the pain seems to be greater in adults that also have signs of osteoarthritis. As adults age, they lose some flexibility that children naturally have. When this happens, and scoliosis is undiagnosed, the muscles that exist around the spine do more work which can cause pain. Traditionally the treatments for adults suffering from scoliosis are focused solely on pain management. The use of braces, which is a common treatment for adolescents, does not prove to be effective in adults. Surgery is also not a widely used method unless:
- Pain is unbearable and a hindrance to life
- The spinal curve is larger than 50 degrees out of place
- The function of the blood flow into the lungs is being effected
- The curve is continuing to curve at a rapid rate
For a majority of adults who are suffering from scoliosis, the active curving of the spine is finished. In these cases pain management is the focus of treatment which is done with the use of anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Unfortunately, these drugs might last a few hours at the most, and could have harmful side effects. This treatment doesn’t address the cause of the problem, the curvature of the spine, and only treats the symptoms for a short amount of time.
Don’t be discouraged if you, or someone you know, is suffering with the pain of adult scoliosis. There is hope! Chiropractic care is a safe and natural way to not only relieve your pain, but to treat the source of your pain so that the symptoms may not return.
Chiropractic Care Could Provide You Relief
If you are suffering from a condition that causes degeneration of your spine, and therefore, causing your adult scoliosis, your vertebrae are out of alignment. The vertebrae can push your discs out and can compress the nerves surrounding your spine causing extreme amounts of pain. If you have been dealing with this condition for a number of years, even after having surgery to treat the condition, your muscles are most likely strained. This can create other misalignments to happen and create other problems throughout your body.
Adult scoliosis doesn’t progress and get worse. Adopting a lifestyle that is sedentary, or if you are overweight, your scoliosis will most likely become more severe as time goes on. For the muscles that exist within the back to be functioning at optimal levels, building muscle tone is important. Not everyone who suffers from adult scoliosis experiences pain and the severity of each individual’s symptoms greatly affect how the individual reacts.
Our Top Rated Chiropractors
Chiropractors work to restore the proper nerve function in the body by using a combination of precise and gentle adjustments, nutrition, and adjustment technology. Millions of people around the world have experienced the healing power of chiropractic to restore the function of their bodies. Each chiropractor has years of extensive education about the functioning of the body and the body’s ability to heal itself naturally.
If you are interested in chiropractic care as a possible treatment for your adult scoliosis check out our Top Rated Chiropractors. Our chiropractors want to sit down with you for a consultation about your needs. They are happy to answer any questions that you may have. An exam will also be performed so that an individualized treatment plan can be made for your specific needs. Each person is unique and their chiropractic treatment should be tailored to their specific needs. Not all results are the same and some may feel relief from their symptoms immediately while others experience several treatments before relief is found.
If you think that chiropractic care may be a good treatment option in treating your adult scoliosis, contact one of our Top Rated Chiropractors today.