Everyone knows the old adage that declares "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This time-honored wisdom certainly makes sense. We wouldn't wait until we were riding on the wheel rim ...View Article
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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine as viewed from the back. The curvature may take a C or an S shape and usually develops through adolescence. Most people with this curvature were diagnosed by a school nurse or a pediatrician in early adolescence, but received no treatment other than occasional monitoring by an orthopedic doctor. Our Irvine chiropractor Dr. Lee experienced this exact scenario and has suffered back pain because of his scoliosis. Chiropractic care has provided pain relief for him, and he now provides successful treatment for patients with scoliosis-related pain and injury too.
Scoliosis develops during a time when the spine is still growing and susceptible to significant developmental changes from injury or improper posture—like carrying a backpack over just one shoulder day after day. In moderate to severe cases of curvature, an orthopedist may recommend bracing or even surgery to implant metal rods that straighten the spine. In mild cases, however, no treatment is offered under conventional circumstances; the condition is simply monitored occasionally to ensure that the curvature does not get any worse. The child then grows into an adult and the spine’s abnormal curvature solidifies. Yet even a mild case of scoliosis can later cause back pain.
It is so important, therefore, that parents know about how chiropractic care can help their kids develop a healthy spinal curvature and avoid problems in adulthood! While an adolescent is still growing, regular chiropractic maintenance and lifestyle advice from our chiropractor can minimize and even eliminate the abnormal curvature, which can prevent problems in adulthood.
Adults with scoliosis back pain can still receive a great deal of relief through chiropractic care, however. Our chiropractor Dr. Lee knows this from personal experience—his scoliosis-related back and neck pain is greatly reduced through regular chiropractic treatment. In most cases of adult scoliosis, the curvature of the spine cannot be fully corrected, but the painful impact of pinched nerves can be significantly reduced. In some rare cases, however, there have been adult patients who have seen the degree of their scoliosis curvature minimized through regular spinal adjustments.
If you are an adult suffering the effects of untreated scoliosis, or have a young adolescent in your home who has been diagnosed with this problem, reach out to us and schedule an appointment today: 949-552-2100.