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Q: What is scoliosis? Can it be fixed?

Posted August 21, 2013 in Advice Column, Boone

A: Scoliosis is an exaggerated lateral curvature of the spine. It is more common in females and typically begins at a young age while the child is rapidly growing. There are two types of scoliosis, structural and functional. Structural scoliosis occurs when a bone or vertebrae does not form completely or correctly, causing an imbalance in the spine and a compensatory shift. Functional scoliosis results from altered biomechanics such as unleveled pelvis, rotated vertebrae or muscle spasm. A functional scoliosis curve will often improve when you bend forward, and a curve that is structurally caused will not.

Functional scoliosis curves will typically respond much better to chiropractic care than structural scoliosis. Correcting the cause of the functional curve such as spasm, vertebral rotation, or pelvic/limb imbalance will often reduce or resolve the lateral curvature. A structural scoliosis curve will vary in response to care depending on the cause and severity. While chiropractic care may not resolve all structural curves, regular care will often help reduce pain and symptoms.

The main symptom of scoliosis is pain, but as the degree of curvature increases it can also have a negative effect on the neurology to internal organs and often affects breathing. It is important to detect and treat scoliosis early to prevent rapid progression as the child is growing. Stop by today to see if chiropractic care may be helpful for you or your family.

Information provided by Dr. Chris Tigges of Boone Family Chiropractic, 1320 S. Marshall St., 432-9525.

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