What Causes Scoliosis?

What Causes Scoliosis?

Many parents wonder–what causes scoliosis?

While we do understand that it’s a condition in which the spine develops an unnatural lateral (sideways) curvature, scoliosis isn’t normal. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help.

Chiropractic: a Natural Approach to Consider

If you’ve never thought of chiropractic for scoliosis, you may be surprised to learn that chiropractic is the world’s most popular and respected non-traditional healthcare approach.

Chiropractic is safe, working with the body’s natural healing abilities to bring about proper structure and function. Chiropractic has had excellent results with many types of scoliosis. And there’s no uncomfortable contraption to wear and no invasive procedures to undergo!

Let’s take a look at the causes of scoliosis in greater detail.

Idiopathic Scoliosis

The cause of scoliosis is often unknown and is referred to as “idiopathic scoliosis.” Typically seen in children and young teens, idiopathic scoliosis may have some genetic factors since it does tend to run in families.

Depending on the age of the patient when idiopathic scoliosis is first diagnosed, it will be called different things, including:

  • Under age 3: infantile idiopathic scoliosis
  • Ages 3 – 9: juvenile idiopathic scoliosis
  • Ages 10 – 18: adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • After skeletal maturity: adult idiopathic scoliosis

Most cases of scoliosis fall into the category of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Many more girls get scoliosis than boys, and the girls who get scoliosis tend to have cases that worsen more dramatically than their male counterparts.

Since the cause of scoliosis is unknown, it is impossible to predict who will get it and which cases will progress significantly.

Other Causes of Scoliosis

Congenital scoliosis is caused by improper spinal formation in the unborn fetus. The development of the vertebrae is incomplete or, in some cases, not segmented properly, causing the spine to grow unevenly.

Neuromuscular scoliosis occurs with some types of neurological disorders, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. In these instances, the children’s trunks are not strong enough to support themselves fully, and the spine curves into a long C-shape.

Degenerative or adult scoliosis occurs in adults, usually in conjunction with degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, compression fractures of the spine or degeneration of discs on one side of the spine more than the other.

What Probably Doesn’t Cause Scoliosis—But Certainly Doesn’t Help

Although the weight of the backpacks kids have to carry these days is a serious concern, there is no evidence to suggest it causes scoliosis.

However, heavy backpacks may contribute to postural problems, back pain and shoulder injuries. Likewise, slouching, leaning to one side and general poor posture, while not directly linked to scoliosis, can lead to severe back and neck problems if not corrected.

Treating Scoliosis

Bracing

Typical medical treatment of scoliosis includes wearing a scoliosis brace or undergoing scoliosis surgery.

Bracing is usually suggested in an attempt to slow the progression of the curvature so that surgery won’t be required. Some braces are only worn at night, but most must be worn for 23 hours a day.

Surgery

Surgical scoliosis treatment involves a 6-hour long, complicated surgery in which steel rods are screwed to the spine to force it into a straight posture. There are risks of serious complications, and the patient cannot fully resume his or her activities for a full year.

Other Causes of Scoliosis

Congenital scoliosis is caused by improper spinal formation in the unborn fetus. The development of the vertebrae is incomplete or, in some cases, not segmented properly, causing the spine to grow unevenly.

Neuromuscular scoliosis occurs with some types of neurological disorders, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. In these instances, the children’s trunks are not strong enough to support themselves fully, and the spine curves into a long C-shape.

Degenerative or adult scoliosis occurs in adults, usually in conjunction with degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, compression fractures of the spine or degeneration of discs on one side of the spine more than the other.

What Probably Doesn’t Cause Scoliosis—But Certainly Doesn’t Help

Although the weight of the backpacks kids have to carry these days is a serious concern, there is no evidence to suggest it causes scoliosis.

However, heavy backpacks may contribute to postural problems, back pain and shoulder injuries. Likewise, slouching, leaning to one side and general poor posture, while not directly linked to scoliosis, can lead to severe back and neck problems if not corrected.

Treating Scoliosis

Bracing

Typical medical treatment of scoliosis includes wearing a scoliosis brace or undergoing scoliosis surgery.

Bracing is usually suggested in an attempt to slow the progression of the curvature so that surgery won’t be required. Some braces are only worn at night, but most must be worn for 23 hours a day.

Surgery

Surgical scoliosis treatment involves a 6-hour long, complicated surgery in which steel rods are screwed to the spine to force it into a straight posture. There are risks of serious complications, and the patient cannot fully resume his or her activities for a full year.

Moving Forward with Chiropractic

Before jumping the gun into surgery, your chiropractor will ask you and your child some questions to get better acquainted with what’s happening in your unique situation.

If chiropractic can help, the doctor will let you know and will then proceed to examine your child, explaining all of the findings to you and answering any questions that arise.

Then your chiropractor will lay out a plan of action designed specifically to address your child’s misalignments. Precise chiropractic adjustments to these areas will be made, helping to restore proper alignment, which allows the pertinent spinal muscle groups to strengthen and the posture to improve.

Over time, better alignment can be achieved as your body is able to function exactly how it was meant to, free of nervous system disturbance.

Take Action Today

No one can guarantee a particular outcome, but millions of delighted patients worldwide can attest to the fact that chiropractic is safe, gentle and effective.

Don’t let your child suffer the embarrassment and potential health risks of scoliosis for another day—call a chiropractor in your area and try a safe approach to healing scoliosis.

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