Scoliosis is a disorder that affects the normal curvature of the spinal column. Scoliosis can either create a “C” or “S” shape curvature of the spine. Usually this curvature appears with no known cause. Scoliosis may cause mild to severe back pain issues that may be relieved following periodic visits to a Jacksonville chiropractic center, Schilsky Chiropractic.
Scoliosis can affect people of all ages and genders, but it tends to be more common in girls than boys. Typically scoliosis is diagnosed in children between the ages of 10 and 18. This is the period of time that children are growing the fastest. While children and adolescents are most commonly affected, infantile scoliosis affects babies between birth and 3 years of age. Also, children between 3-9 years old who are diagnosed with scoliosis are affected by “juvenile” scoliosis.
Scoliosis can be both structural and non-structural. Structural scoliosis is usually caused by disease, injury, infection, or birth defects, and is usually permanent. Structural scoliosis can be controlled or partially reversed with braces or surgery. Non-structural scoliosis is classified by a temporary abnormal curvature of the spine. The abnormal curvature will usually disappear with physical therapy and proper chiropractic care. Structural and non-structural scoliosis with associated pain disorders should seek out a qualified chiropractic professional to help with symptom reduction.
Many times those who are affected by scoliosis can live without pain until they are much older. Scoliosis is most often diagnosed due to uneven shoulder height, uneven hips, body tilts, or due to a leg length discrepancy. Left untreated, scoliosis can cause full body pain or back pain. It may also make normal activities such as walking, running, and twisting more painful. A Jacksonville chiropractor at Schilsky Chiropractic Center can help control pain and immobility due to scoliosis. Give us a call today!