What is Scoliosis?
When viewed from the side, the human spine has a natural “S” curve that allows proper nerve flow and shock absorption. When viewed from behind, the spine should appear straight. So what is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is defined as a lateral (or sideways) misalignment of the spine that affects the spine’s natural curve and appearance.
Scoliosis is most commonly idiopathic (unknown cause), but can also be congenital or caused by neuromuscular dysfunction. Particularly with neuromuscular scoliosis, it has been shown that genetics can play a large role in susceptibility. Scoliosis can occur at any age. Congenital scoliosis is more common in infants and children, while idiopathic scoliosis is most common in adults.
Symptoms can vary with the severity of scoliosis, various other health issues, and the presence of joint degeneration. Typically, scoliosis begins symptom-free. However, if left untreated for years, scoliosis can lead to discomfort, pain, postural issues, muscle weakness, nerve integrity (causing tingling, weakness, or numbness), and limited range of motion. Severe cases may lead to organ compromise, trouble breathing, disability, and a rapid decline in quality of life.
The onset of symptoms and aggravation are most common during times of stress, such as growth spurts in children. Scoliosis does tend to be progressive in nature as growth, aging, and degeneration naturally occur. Luckily, with the type of care, scoliosis can be managed and even reversed.
If you and your loved one are suffering from scoliosis and are looking for a safe treatment then Chiropractic BioPhysics is the right choice. Contact the Bay Area Scoliosis Center – we are scoliosis correction specialists in the Bay Area, we will give you the best advice.