Saturday, October 10, 2015
Chiropractic Care and Treatment For Scoliosis (part 1 of 2)
Current Treatment For Scoliosis
Scoliosis happens when your spine develops a sideways curve, resulting to a feeling of stiffness or pain. Despite the widespread of the condition and thorough research, its real cause remain unknown. However, it is determined to be far more common in women than in men and usually begins during childhood. To help prevent the worsening of scoliosis, early detection is crucial. This problem cannot be adjusted by correcting your posture, unlike other spinal problems.
Typical treatment options for scoliosis involve the following:
*Bracing: A patient suffering from 30-degrees or less of curvature is required to wear a rigid brace. It helps to place pressure against the spine for more stability. However, this treatment option is quite inconvenient for the patient as it has to be worn up to 24 hours a day and is quite uncomfortable.
*Surgery: For scoliosis, it is specifically referred to as Spinal Fusion Surgery wherein a spinal cord monitor is used to avoid paralysis. It is performed with an incision and reduction of the curve or insertion of mteal rods on each side of the spine. Since this procedure is expensive and dangerous, doctors recommend surgery only as a last resort for treating scoliosis.
Using Chiropractic Approach
Nowadays, chiropractic care is recognized as a valid solution to scoliosis. Since chiropractors follow a standard procedure of initial examination and assessment of patient's health history, most scoliotic patients undergo the Adam's Forward Bending Test to see if chiropractic care is really for you. On top of that are a variety of range of motion studies to see if you should be referred to a specialist.