What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways in an “S” or “C” shape. Instead of the spine being straight from top to bottom, it has a sideways curvature. This can happen at any age, but it’s often noticed during growth spurts in adolescence.

What are the Causes of Scoliosis?

Idiopathic Scoliosis: This is the most common type, and the cause is unknown. It usually develops during adolescence and has a genetic component.

Congenital Scoliosis: Present at birth, this type occurs due to abnormalities in the spine’s formation.

Neuromuscular Scoliosis: Caused by disorders affecting the nerves and muscles, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.

Degenerative Scoliosis: Develops in adulthood due to wear and tear on the spine, often related to aging.

Why are Chiropractic Adjustments Effective for Scoliosis?

  • Improved Alignment: Chiropractic adjustments aim to improve spinal alignment. For scoliosis patients, this can help reduce the degree of curvature and enhance overall spinal balance.
  • Pain Relief: Scoliosis may cause discomfort, and chiropractic care can help manage pain by addressing misalignments and reducing pressure on the nerves.
  • Muscle Balance: Chiropractors work on muscle imbalances associated with scoliosis, promoting better support for the spine and potentially slowing down the progression of the curvature.
  • Individualized Care: Chiropractors provide personalized care plans tailored to the specific needs and curvature patterns of each scoliosis patient.
  • Non-Invasive Approach: Chiropractic adjustments are a non-surgical option for managing scoliosis. They focus on improving spinal function without the need for invasive procedures.

What are the Dangers of Scoliosis Surgery?

  • Risks of Surgery: Like any surgery, scoliosis surgery carries risks such as infection, bleeding, or adverse reactions to anaesthesia.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Spinal fusion surgery, a common procedure for scoliosis, involves fusing vertebrae together. This limits the spine’s natural movement.
  • Potential Complications: Surgery complications may include nerve damage, blood vessel injury, or problems with the implanted hardware.
  • Long Recovery Time: Recovering from scoliosis surgery can be lengthy, involving a period of reduced activity and physical restrictions.
  • No Guarantee of Perfection: While surgery aims to correct the curvature, it may not always achieve perfect results. Some degree of curvature often remains.

It’s important to note that not all scoliosis cases require surgery, and many individuals find relief and improved function through non-surgical approaches, including chiropractic care.