Individuals of all ages have reason to be concerned about the effects of scoliosis. This spinal abnormality commonly develops in childhood, but it can develop or grow noticeably more uncomfortable during the adult years. Whether you're worried about your child's spine or you need some help managing discomfort in your own, we can help, Advanced Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation offers spinal screenings and chiropractic symptoms management for scoliosis sufferers in Imperial MO.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spinal column. Unlike conditions which affect the spine's front-to-back alignment (as viewed from the side), however, scoliosis affects side-to-side spinal alignment (as viewed from the front). The abnormal lateral curve may form a C-shape or an S-shape. Subtle cases of scoliosis may have minimal effect on your function or even go entirely unnoticed. But once the curve exceeds 20 degrees, you may notice that one shoulder or hip is higher than the other, or some other asymmetry in the body. As the curvature increases, people often experience symptoms such as back, hip, shoulder, or pelvic pain. Extreme cases (beyond 40 degrees) can interfere with breathing and other internal functions.
Scoliosis typically makes its first appearance before or during adolescence -- but not always. Scoliosis can develop in adulthood, or an old case of childhood scoliosis can start to cause degenerative spinal changes and painful nerve impingement. Compression of nerve tissue can cause symptoms similar to those of sciatica, including loss of function, tingling, numbness, or pain in the lower extremities.
Diagnosis and Pain Relief From Our Imperial MO Chiropractor
Our Imperial MO chiropractor, Dr. Paul Amato, can help you or your kids cope with scoliosis without turning to painkillers or major surgery (although a surgical referral may be advisable in the most extreme cases). The best way to control scoliosis is to detect and treat it as early in life as possible. We offer spinal screenings for school-aged ages that can help us diagnose a case of scoliosis and make recommendations such as bracing. Adults suffering from scoliosis may also benefit from part-time use of a brace that helps to support the spine. Chiropractic adjustments can prove helpful for easing pain caused by joint stress, while spinal decompression can relieve nerve impingement. We may also recommend cold laser therapy to treat chronic muscle strain related to an abnormal alignment.
Call Our Clinic Today to Schedule a Screening
Scoliosis can be managed through the right combination of expert care and an early, accurate diagnosis. Call Advanced Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at (636) 464-5900 to schedule a spinal screening so we can help your family!