The Impact of Scoliosis: Can Chiropractic Care Help?

The Impact of Scoliosis: Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Finding out that your child has scoliosis from a routine school exam can be concerning. Scoliosis is a condition characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine. While the cause of most cases of scoliosis is unknown, hereditary factors may play a role. Children between the ages of 10 and 15 are the largest group affected by scoliosis, with girls more often affected than boys. However, a growing number of adults are also affected by this condition due to spinal trauma and years of neglect.

Traditionally, a “wait and see” approach is often used to treat children with scoliosis. However, surgical fusion is recommended if the curvature progresses beyond a 45° to 50° curve. This involves implanting steel rods, hooks, and screws to straighten the spine and fuse the metal rods with the spine. Unfortunately, this is a major surgery with significant risks, including infection, neurological compromise, collapsed lung, and back pain, among others.

However, recent studies show that chiropractic care can offer a promising alternative. Repeated adjustments can help make changes to spinal structures and function, with pre- and post-X-rays often showing dramatic changes. Many cases show a significant reduction in the degree of curvature, with some patients avoiding surgery entirely after 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

If you or a loved one has scoliosis, consider exploring natural solutions. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective option that can produce good or better results than medical treatment. At Thrive Wellness Chiropractic, we have experience treating scoliosis cases and can create a strategy tailored to your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Sources: Mayo Clinic, National Scoliosis Foundation, MedicineNet, Spine Health.