When a sideways curve develops in the spine (and is more than 10 degrees) we call it scoliosis. When viewed from behind, the spine should be straight up and down. In scoliosis cases, the spine deviates to either side, which usually occurs in children during their rapid growth stages.
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. This spinal disorder is at least partially genetic, but in the majority of cases, the cause is unknown. Aside from that, it may be triggered by differences in leg length, trauma, neurological diseases, tumors, or other various factors.
Scoliosis can lead to muscle dysfunction, issues with the nerves in that area of the body, and in some cases organ dysfunction. Although most cases are not life threatening, any physical stress on the body should be addressed. In extremely severe cases, scoliosis may lead to cardiopulmonary concerns, as the poor posture causes the ribs to collapse towards each other and affect the heart and lungs.
Because scoliosis most frequently occurs in children during a specific period, it is relatively easy to check for the signs. See our instructions here on performing a simple scoliosis check on your child.
In most cases, scoliosis is easily treated, but the earlier it is detected, the better. Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation offers chiropractic care in Lacey, Wall Township and Shrewsbury, NJ using a combination of traction and exercise to reverse the effects of scoliosis. More often than not, surgery is not required. On top of improving the scoliosis case, your child will improve their overall health, as chiropractic care offers many overarching health benefits. Our multidisciplinary facility focuses on holistic care to get to the root of health problems like scoliosis, combining treatment modalities including physical therapy, chiropractic, and more.
To make an appointment for scoliosis treatment in Lacey, Wall Township or Shrewsbury, NJ, please call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.