An abnormal sideways spinal curvature caused by scoliosis can be a major concern for parents and children alike. Understand how scoliosis affects your child and what treatments are available by visiting Jeffery Muschik, DC, at Access Chiropractic Center. Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Dr. Muschik has more than 15 years of experience and advanced training in rehabilitative care for scoliosis to reduce symptoms of back pain for a better quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Scoliosis is the medical term for a sideways curvature of the spine. Scoliosis is most often diagnosed in children and teens when their spine has a noticeable “C” or “S” shape, rather than being straight up and down. This may cause the child’s shoulders, torso, or pelvis to look tilted or twisted.
While some children are born with scoliosis, it may not be noticeable until age two. It may develop later in life in the early teenage years around puberty in other cases.
There are three categories of scoliosis, including:
Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type and develops around the ages of 10-12. There is no known cause, and the symptoms are often mild.
Congenital scoliosis is a type of scoliosis that develops before a baby is born. It may develop due to bony abnormalities in the spine, such as a failure of certain parts of a vertebra to form properly, which leads to a more obvious curvature that can be noticed earlier in life.
Neuromuscular scoliosis is caused by other conditions that affect the nerves and muscles of the spine, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. These conditions cause an imbalance in muscle strength and contractions which make the spine appear curved or twisted.
At Access Chiropractic Center, Dr. Muschik performs a thorough examination to determine the potential cause and severity of your or your child’s scoliosis.
If Dr. Muschik suspects scoliosis, he first begins with a simple orthopedic test called Adam’s forward bending test. He has you or your child bend forward at the waist to touch your toes. You may wear an open-backed hospital gown during this test so he can look for an abnormal spinal curvature.
Dr. Muschik may recommend X-rays to determine the severity of scoliosis and if there are any bony abnormalities causing the curvature.
Treatment for scoliosis focuses on stabilizing the abnormal spinal curvature to prevent it from getting worse. In some cases, treatment can also lead to a reversal of the curve for improved posture and comfort.
Chiropractic care for scoliosis involves specialized chiropractic adjustments, electrical muscle stimulation, and rehabilitative exercises and stretches to improve the function of the muscles surrounding the spine. Performing these exercises and stretches regularly into adulthood can help your child avoid back pain in the future.
For gentle, effective scoliosis treatment, schedule a visit at Access Chiropractic Center online or by phone now.