Is There a Cure for Scoliosis?
Scoliosis can show up in kids or adults, for a variety of reasons – or even no detectable reason at all – and there is still no cure. Depending on the age of the patient, the degree of curvature of the spine and the cause of scoliosis, treatment options vary but typically include scoliosis braces or scoliosis surgery. Learn about another approach that’s safe, non-invasive and works with the body to bring about natural healing of scoliosis symptoms.
Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve in an unnatural sideways manner. The majority of scoliosis cases are classified as idiopathic scoliosis, which means there is no known cause. Idiopathic scoliosis may have hereditary factors, as it tends to run in families. It affects children and teens, more often girls, typically between the ages of eight and fifteen. Congenital scoliosis results from deformities of the spine that occur before birth. These deformities usually consist of partially-formed vertebrae or vertebrae that are fused together. Adult scoliosis is often the result of underlying degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis.
Catching scoliosis early is important because, left unchecked, the spinal curvature caused by scoliosis often progresses. Clues to look for include:
- One hip or shoulder looks higher than the other
- The whole body seems tilted
- The ribcage is more pronounced on one side
- Clothes seem too long on one side
- Shoes wear unevenly
Traditional Scoliosis Treatment
Though there is no scoliosis cure, there are treatments for scoliosis. In general, the traditional medical approach is to have the child wear a scoliosis brace if the curvature is less than 40 – 50 degrees, or undergo surgery for curves greater than that. The bracing option is, of course, less drastic but it doesn’t correct the existing curvature – its goal is to stop the progression of the curve – and kids often find it bulky, difficult to wear and embarrassing. Surgery utilizes steel rods, hooks and screws to force the backbone to straighten, fusing it into a straight position. There are risks and complications associated with surgery, including stunting your child’s growth.
Chiropractic is another approach to scoliosis. It’s natural, working with the body to help improve muscle tone and nerve function that can help alleviate the postural problems seen in scoliosis. And unlike scoliosis bracing or surgery, it’s not hard on a child’s self-esteem and has no downtime! Learn about this safe, gentle approach.
Natural Help for Scoliosis
If you’ve never thought of chiropractic for scoliosis, it may surprise you to discover that chiropractic is the leading alternative system of healthcare in the world, with millions of satisfied patients! Chiropractors are licensed, well-educated and caring health care professionals who understand that your son or daughter is not just a “scoliosis case” or a set of symptoms! And almost all insurance providers offer coverage for chiropractic health care.
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To find out if chiropractic can help your child’s scoliosis, all you have to do is make an appointment with one of our highly qualified ChooseNatural.com sponsoring chiropractors. At the consultation, you’ll probably be amazed at how compassionate and interested your chiropractor is in your child’s wellbeing, taking time to get to know you and your child, asking questions about all sorts of things to give him or her a clearer picture of your child’s overall health. If chiropractic may be able to help, the doctor will let you know. An in-depth exam will be done to discover precisely what’s going on, and the doctor will let you know the results of that as well. Once your chiropractor has all the facts, he or she will spell out a plan of action. Then, gentle adjustments targeted to any areas of misalignment will be applied. As proper alignment returns, muscles strengthen, helping restore proper spinal structure and function.
Obviously, guaranteeing a specific outcome isn’t possible, but chiropractic enjoys unsurpassed popularity simply because it gets results. And the sooner you take action, the sooner your child’s scoliosis may be under control naturally! Call a ChooseNatural.com chiropractor in your area today. Click here for a Choose Natural sponsor in your area.
Looking for a Cure
|IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS, the variety of scoliosis affecting 80% of all scoliosis patients, has no known cause. And yet, researchers have long noted a tendency for this type of scoliosis to run in families. The assumption has been that there are unidentified genetic factors at work that, perhaps combined with environmental factors, bring about idiopathic scoliosis.Recently, a “scoliosis gene” was identified. Called CHD7, variations in this gene can lead to the S- or C-shaped sideways curves associated with scoliosis. The specifics of how this works are not yet known, but research is continuing, in the hopes of discovering a cure for idiopathic scoliosis.
Interestingly, congenital scoliosis, which occurs when the spine is improperly formed in the unborn fetus, does not appear to have a hereditary pattern.