Causes of Scoliosis
Are you suffering from the daily pain of scoliosis? Scoliosis is a medical condition where the spine grows with a sideway curve rather than straight. This curve can resemble the letters s or c in shape. This curve additionally is curved more in one direction than the other. What causes this curve to appear? Is there anything you can do to prevent scoliosis from getting more painful? Keep reading to learn about a possible treatment option for your scoliosis.
The Cause of Scoliosis
No one knows the cause of scoliosis and this is referred to as idiopathic scoliosis. This is the most common type of scoliosis and is found most commonly in teens and children. Idiopathic scoliosis has been linked to genetics because it has been found to run in families. When the patient is diagnosed with scoliosis it can be named differently based on the diagnosed age, these may involve:
- Infantile idiopathic scoliosis which is diagnosed under the age of 3
- Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis which is diagnosed between the ages of 3 and 9
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which is diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 18
- Adult idiopathic scoliosis which is diagnosed after the spine is fully formed
When scoliosis is most often diagnosed, it is in the stage of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis seems to be diagnosed more highly in girls than in boys and girls tend to have cases which are much more severe than boys who are diagnosed. The specific cause of scoliosis is still uncertain, and it seems to be impossible to predict who will be diagnosed and what the intensity will be.
Other Types of Scoliosis
There is another type of scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, which is caused by the spine forming incorrectly in an unborn baby as it is forming in the stomach. When this happens the bones within the spine, called vertebrae, are not formed completely or are not properly divided into individual bones, both of which cause the spine to finish growing in an uneven manner.
For those that are diagnosed with neuromuscular scoliosis, it is accompanied by a disorder within the brain. This may include diagnosis such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, or cerebral palsy. In these cases the body of the child is not strong enough to support the weight of the upper body and the spine forms into a c shape.
A third type of scoliosis that could be diagnosed is adult scoliosis or also called degenerative scoliosis. This type of scoliosis occurs in adults and is accompanied by bone degeneration diseases. These diseases may include compression fractures, osteoarthritis, or degeneration of discs which could affect one side of the spine more than the other causing a curve.
Heavy Backpacks and Children
Currently there is no evidence that links children carrying heavy backpacks to scoliosis. Heavy backpacks, however, can create problems with children’s posture and can cause shoulder or back injuries. In general, poor posture can lead to leaning or slouching which can cause back, shoulder, and neck problems; none of these are directly connected to causing scoliosis.
How Do You Treat Scoliosis?
Traditional treatments for scoliosis include surgery or wearing a brace. The use of braces is suggested as an option for young adults whose spines are still growing. Braces tries to slow the curving of the spine as the spine is still developing it an attempt to avoid needing surgery later in life. The time that a brace needs to be worn can range from a few hours over night up to 23 hours of the day. When surgery is needed, the procedure lasts about six hours and is fairly complicated. During the procedure steel rods and screws are placed into the body in order to force the spine into a straight position. There are very serious risks and possible complications that accompany this surgery and recovery can take up to one year for the person to be able to resume normal activities.
Is There Another Option for Scoliosis Treatment?
If you are nervous about the traditional treatments used to treat those with scoliosis and are looking for another option, don’t worry there is an all-natural treatment that has been proven to provide some relief for many. Chiropractic care is a popular treatment option that is natural and safe. Our Top Rated Chiropractors work with your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Contact one of our chiropractors today to set up a consultation and start your journey to finding relief.
At your consultation, our Top Rated Chiropractors will ask you a series of questions and perform a thorough examination to help find the source of your pain. If they feel that chiropractic care is a good treatment option for you, an individualized treatment plan will be made to treat your scoliosis pain. Specific and gentle adjustments of the spine can help to slowly move your spine back into a more proper alignment and provide relief for your muscles. Results with chiropractic care cannot be guaranteed because each scoliosis case is different and the treatment need is different for each person.
If you are ready to find relief from your scoliosis pain, contact our Top Rated Chiropractors today. Relief is possible so take action now!