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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine wherein the spine curves in an S formation. The condition predominantly affects adolescents between the ages of 9 and 16 and occurs seven more frequently in females than in males. While the majority of scoliosis cases are mild, some children develop disabling spine deformities which reduce the amount of space in their chest and affect lung function.

While there is no cure for scoliosis, the good news is that individuals with scoliosis can live full, normal, productive lives. Furthermore, thanks to school screening programs and heightened awareness, earlier identification of scoliosis is on the rise.

Signs and symptoms of scoliosis:

  • Gradual changes in the curvature of the spine
  • One shoulder blade appears more pronounced than the other
  • Pant legs are longer on one side than the other
  • One hip is higher than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • Rotated, twisted spine
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing

Scoliosis Treatment

Medical treatment of scoliosis depends up the severity of the curve and the chances of the curve worsening.

In general, traditional medical care ranges from observation for mild curves, to bracing for moderate ones (25-40 degrees) and surgery for more severe curves.

The chiropractic approach is more proactive. Regardless of the curvature, the goal of chiropractic care is to maintain mobility and function in the scoliotic spine and carefully monitor the progression of the curve. You will be encouraged to implement exercises, nutrition, bracing and periodic distraction manipulation.

Both Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen are highly trained to evaluate and treat scoliosis. Contact Deutsch Chiropractic Clinic for maintenance of your scoliosis.

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