Scoliosis Screenings & Treatment for Scoliosis in Forked River, NJ
Scoliosis is a condition characterized by a sideways curve in the spine (greater than 10 degrees). When viewed from behind, the spine can appear in an S-shape, as opposed to the straight up-and-down it should be. It is very important for children to be screened for scoliosis.
Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation offers scoliosis screening in Forked River, and treatment programs are also available for both children and adults suffering from scoliosis.
Causes of Scoliosis
There is no one cause of scoliosis. It usually occurs in children ages 10 to 16 while they are growing, but it is also possible in infants. Scoliosis is six to eight times more common in females than in males. It is at times genetic, but also may be triggered by differences in leg length, trauma, neurological diseases, tumors, or various other factors.
Effects of Scoliosis on the Body
The most overarching and commonly occurring problem associated with scoliosis is the physical stress it produces on the body. The spine is the center of the body, associated with nerves, muscles, posture, and more. Having an abnormal curve in the spine can impact each of these areas.
Scoliosis is not ordinarily life threatening, but can create some long term issues. It may create abnormal function in some of the nerves associated with the curvature which can cause muscle dysfunction and in some cases organ dysfunction.
Severe cases of scoliosis may affect the heart and lungs. When the degree of spinal curvature is great, the ribs on the concave side of the curve collapse toward each other, and the ribs on the convex side flare apart. This obvious posture deformity may ultimately contribute to cardiopulmonary problems.
Most children get screened for scoliosis by their school or their pediatrician. Screenings are also available at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. If a problem is detected, one of our chiropractors that specialize in spinal correction or Clinical Biomechanics of Posture will take a standing xray to analyze the exact curvature in the spine.
Scoliosis Treatment in Forked River
Unless the case is extreme, surgery is most likely unnecessary for scoliosis. Treatment generally consists of chiropractic care with traction, and specific exercises. The professionals at our multidisciplinary facility effectively use a holistic approach to avoid surgery when possible.
The earlier scoliosis is detected, the easier it is to treat it, so screenings are of the utmost importance.
If you or your child is in need of treatment for scoliosis in Forked River, or you are interested in having a screening done, please give us a call at 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.