Scoliosis Relief from Our Chiropractor in Birmingham
Scoliosis affects both children and adults. In the United States, as many as 7 million patients suffer from this disorder. Our chiropractors at Collins Chiropractic Center in Birmingham treat this condition with non-invasive therapies that allow you to avoid surgery or medication.
What is Scoliosis?
The definition of scoliosis is the presence of a spinal curve greater than 10 degrees. The design of the spinal vertebrae creates a natural curve that permits bending and other movements. The C or S shape of a scoliotic spine signals an excessive curve that sometimes progresses over time.
Our chiropractor notes that for about 80 percent of affected individuals, healthcare professionals cannot pinpoint a cause. For the remainder, trauma, tumors, and neurological disease are the most common culprits.
Sometimes, the disorder is present at birth. Among children, the typical age at which excessive curvature appears is between 8 and 10. Other patients become scoliotic when they are much older.
While some children remain asymptomatic, others develop some of these common symptoms:
- Shoulders with different heights
- Ribs that appear pushed out
- One hip that looks higher or different from the other
- A head that seems off center
- A different height for each side of the back
- Failure of arms to hang straight down when standing
One of the first symptoms adults typically experience is back pain. Wear and tear can damage spinal joints and bones and cause discs to initially tilt, then curve. Additional adult symptoms include difficulty walking, feeling fatigued, shortness of breath, and loss of height. An individual might notice uneven shoulders, hips, or both, or have difficulty standing straight. Some of our patients report quickly feeling full while they are eating. Also common is developing bone spurs; experiencing numbness, weakness, or pain in a leg; or developing a bump in the lower back.
Our doctor diagnoses scoliosis after reviewing an individual’s health history, discussing symptoms, conducting a comprehensive physical exam, and evaluating posture. With regular monitoring, most scoliotic patients are able to remain physically active and enjoy normal lives.
Each patient receives a customized treatment plan for achieving optimal wellness. With careful observation, many patients improve with bracing. When back pain is present, spinal manipulation and therapeutic exercises can help bring relief.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Birmingham Chiropractor
Our chiropractors view the body as a system of parts that each affect the entire organism. At Collins Chiropractic Center in Birmingham, we use only natural treatments without the use of surgery or medication to treat the problem, not just the symptoms. We provide a full range of chiropractic services. Be sure to call us today at (205) 923-0151 to schedule an appointment and learn what chiropractic has to offer you.