Scoliosis and Chiropractic Treatment
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a spinal disorder traditionally defined as a sideways curvature (or curvatures) of the spine. Often, the curves appear S-shaped or C-shaped. The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic, which accounts for about 80 percent of scoliosis cases.
Unfortunately—and frustratingly—idiopathic means “without known cause,” meaning experts don’t have all the answers for sufferers. Other forms of scoliosis are:
Congenital Curve (meaning you were born with the issue)
Paralytic Curve (meaning the muscles don’t work)
Myopathic Deformity (meaning the muscles don’t work properly)
Secondary (caused by a secondary condition, such as degeneration, osteoporosis or osteomalacia)
Who is affected?
What causes scoliosis?
What are the signs and symptoms?
Typically, those who have scoliosis won’t experience back pain, so it’s important to look for physical signs such as:
Uneven shoulders or a shoulder blade that protrudes farther than the other when standing
A rib hump (rib prominence) or a lower back hump (lumbar prominence) when bending forward
One hip may appear higher than the other
The Cobb Method
How is scoliosis diagnosed?
What are the treatment options?
There are several options for treating scoliosis, such as chiropractic, observation and bracing. Studies have shown active chiropractic treatment has improved the Cobb angle and pain scores. At our clinics, we offer an adult brace that helps to relieve pain, improve posture, reduce pressure and more.
Experts agree that scoliosis is best treated when found early—so if you suspect scoliosis or are unsure, it’s best to get checked right away.
Make an appointment to talk to our doctor about chiropractic and scoliosis.