While the spine should curve naturally, people with scoliosis have curves that cause the spine to bend side to side in an unnatural “S” or “C” shape. In adolescents, this deformity is more of a cosmetic problem as it is painless. However, among adults, scoliosis patients may have to seek care because of neurologic dysfunction and pain caused by it. And this is why you may need to find a chiropractor.
Adult scoliosis will create balance issues, and even a reduction of height as the lateral curvature of the spine bends the body out of shape. Furthermore, long term scoliosis among adults leads to unleveled hips which further causes degenerative changes and hip arthritis.
Adult scoliosis and chiropractic care
More importantly, a person with adult scoliosis could believe that there is nothing available that can correct their quality of life. However, chiropractic adjustments and therapies could help reduce this pain and thwart further degradation.
Chiropractic care provides a non-invasive and pro-active treatment to such patients. Since most patients with scoliosis got diagnosed in their teen years and have dealt with prolonged discomfort; both emotionally and physically, chiropractic care helps take away these discomforts and insecurities they carry into their adulthood. And sometimes even a slight improvement in posture helps a patient feel less self-conscious about their overall appearance.
What to expect in a chiropractic evaluation session
A chiropractor diagnoses scoliosis and determines the degree of curvature. Depending on the degree of curvature, a chiropractor will prescribe a personal treatment plan. Expect to discuss your family and health history, take X-rays of your spine and get an individualised plan.
What happens if adult scoliosis goes untreated?
Just like many untreated problems, scoliosis left untreated leads to future health problems. A child may have small scoliosis but can lead to degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis as an adult if not treated in time. Such degenerative changes assert more pressure on the nerves which can lead to weakness, pain on the lower extremities and numbness. In severe cases, it can lead to loss of coordination and mobility.
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