Frequently Asked Questions About Scoliosis Care In Omaha
The thought of something twisting your spine out of its normal curvature is an understandably alarming one, especially when the spine in question belongs to your child. But knowledge is power, and the more you understand about this condition, the more effective action you can take against it -- and Chiropractic Health Clinic can help. Here are some frequently asked questions about scoliosis and its treatment.
- What is scoliosis? The term scoliosis applies to an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine in addition to the normal front-to-back curvature every spine displays. Viewed from the back, the spine may show a single C-shaped curve toward the left or right, or a pair of offset curves that create a S shape.
- What are main causes of scoliosis? The majority of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, appearing for no known reason. Children may develop idiopathic scoliosis as they approach puberty, or they may be born with scoliosis (congenital scoliosis). Diseases such as cerebral palsy can produce neuromuscular scoliosis, while adults may develop degenerative scoliosis in association with a chronic spinal condition or injury.
- What are the signs of scoliosis? Mild scoliosis may be undetectable to the untrained eye. More severe cases may manifest themselves as uneven shoulder or hip height, differences in shoulder blade or rib prominence, an uneven waistline or one leg that appears to be shorter than the other. It's also possible that the head may seem off-center in relation to the pelvis.
- Does scoliosis cause back pain? Contrary to what you might think, scoliosis doesn't usually a primary cause of back pain. However, an extreme spinal curvature can lead to musculoskeletal stresses and strains that contribute to back pain. Abnormal balance and weight distribution may also make sufferers more injury prone.
- How can spinal screenings from your Omaha chiropractor help? Our Omaha chiropractor, Dr. Eiler, can administer spinal screenings to your child between the ages of 9 and 15, when scoliosis is most likely to appear and progress. The sooner this condition is detected, the more easily it can be controlled as needed through treatment. Our evaluations can also reveal curvatures in adults created by degenerative spinal issues that may be causing other problems as well.
- What treatment measures can your Omaha chiropractor recommend? A very mild curvature that isn't getting worse may need no treatment at all; on the other end of the scale, severe curvatures of 40 degrees or more may be best treated via surgery. For curvatures of 25 to 40 percent, our Omaha chiropractor may recommend braces (for still-growing spines), corrective exercises and stretches to optimize strength and flexibility. Chiropractic adjustments can help normalize joint mobility and reduce pain and other side effects of degenerative scoliosis.
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Our Omaha chiropractor is more than happy to help your family obtain the answers to its scoliosis questions and needs. Call 402-778-5470 to schedule an evaluation!