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Q: What is scoliosis, and how is it treated?

Posted August 12, 2015 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Scoliosis affects 5 to 7 million people in the United States. More than a half million visits are made to doctors’ offices each year for evaluation and treatment of scoliosis. Although scoliosis can begin at any age, it most often develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15. Girls are more commonly affected than boys. Because scoliosis can be inherited, children whose parents or siblings are affected by it should definitely be evaluated by a chiropractor.

Because we walk on 2 feet, the human nervous system constantly works through reflexes and postural control to keep our spine in a straight line from side to side. Occasionally, a lateral (sideways) curvature develops. If the curvature is larger than 10 degrees, it is called scoliosis. Curves less than 10 degrees are often just postural changes.  Scoliosis can significantly affect the quality of life by limiting activity, causing pain, reducing lung function, or affecting heart function. Diminished self-esteem and other psychological problems are also seen. Because scoliosis occurs most commonly during adolescence, teens with extreme spinal deviations from the norm are often teased by their peers.

A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in September 2011 showed 22 out of 28 patients had reductions of their curvature, pain scores and disability rating at a 24 month follow up after completing a 6 month chiropractic rehabilitation program. Call Norwalk Chiropractic, 515-981-9208, today to schedule your free scoliosis screening for your child.

 

Information provided by Norwalk Chiropractic, 1228 Sunset, Suite B, 981-9208, www.norwalk-chiropractic.com.





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