The Causes and Treatment of Scoliosis in Portland, OR
One of the most common forms of curvature of the spine that we see in our office is scoliosis. While children are the most likely to be affected by this condition, adults often suffer from it as well.
What is Scoliosis?
The spinal disorder called Scoliosis is defined as a sideways curvature of the spine. Most often curves will appear c-shaped or s-shaped. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of the disease accounting for 80 percent of total cases. Unfortunately, the word idiopathic means "without known cause". On the positive side, there is much your chiropractor can do to alleviate the pain of the condition. Other forms of scoliosis include:
- Paralytic Curve (muscles don't work properly)
- Congenital Curve (formed before birth)
- Myopathic Deformity (muscles don't work properly)
- Secondary (caused osteoporosis, degeneration, or osteomalacia)
Who is Affected by Scoliosis?
Between 6 and 9 million people or 3 percent of the population in the United State suffer from this condition. The largest group affected are children between the ages of 10 and 15. More girls in this group are affected than boys. For various reasons, there has been an increasing number of adults who suffer from the condition.
What Causes Scoliosis?
As mentioned above, most cases of scoliosis are without a known cause. Some cases, such as congenital scoliosis, do have a known cause. In congenital scoliosis, the curves are thought to be due to abnormally formed vertebrae, present at birth.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
Oddly enough, most people who have scoliosis don't experience back pain. For this reason, your chiropractor looks for physical signs such as:
- Rib prominence (a rib hump).
- Lumbar prominence (a lower back hump)
- Uneven shoulders that protrude at different lengths when standing
- A hip that appears higher than the other
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
Scoliosis is diagnosed by using family and medical and history, physical examination and X-rays of the spine.
Treatment Options in Portland
Scoliosis is best treated if found early so if you or someone you care about has a noticeably curved spine, the time to see a qualified chiropractor is now.