Although many people associate scoliosis with children, a significant number of the 7 scoliosis patients in the US are adults, according to our Beverly Hills chiropractor. At The Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group, we have years of experience providing Beverly Hills residents with natural and effective chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is an effective therapeutic option for relieving the discomfort associated with scoliosis and other musculoskeletal problems.
Overview of Scoliosis
Healthcare professionals define scoliosis as occurring when a spinal curve exceeds 10 percent. Our chiropractor notes that this curve forms an exaggerated S or C shape that can worsen over time. In around 80 percent of affected individuals, the cause of scoliosis never becomes apparent. Among the remaining fifth, the most frequent causes are neurological diseases, trauma, and tumors.
Although scoliosis is sometimes present at birth, it most commonly appears during a growth spurt right before puberty. Sometimes, especially in subtle cases of scoliosis, symptoms are not obvious. Common symptoms of scoliosis include:
- An off-center appearance of the head
- Ribs that appear to be pushed out
- Perception of one hip as higher
- Arms that fail to hang straight down when standing
- Shoulders appearing at different heights
- Differing heights of the two sides of the back
Back pain is one of the earliest signs of adult scoliosis. This is the result of wear and tear on spinal discs, causing them to curve as joints and bones become damaged. Other common symptoms include:
- Losing height
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty walking
Some adult patients also report a sensation of fullness when eating, difficulty standing straight, and uneven-looking hips and/or shoulders. Leg weakness or pain, bone spurs, and a bump in the lower back are additional signs.
Chiropractic Care Options
The first objective of chiropractic care for scoliosis is relieving pain. Our chiropractor performs spinal adjustments as the primary therapy for patients suffering from this disorder. Therapeutic massage to manage pain is also a beneficial treatment for many patients. Other advice our practice often provides includes:
- How to rest and move for pain reduction
- Strengthening exercises to improve joint support
- Proper use of deep cleansing breaths
- Ways to stay active without escalating symptoms of scoliosis
Schedule a Consultation with Our Beverly Hills Chiropractor
Scoliosis and other musculoskeletal disorders can prevent an individual from enjoying the lifestyle he or she loves. If you believe you are suffering from scoliosis, The Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group is ready to assist you. Our chiropractor will evaluate your musculoskeletal system to identify asymmetry in your spine and create a chiropractic care plan to address it. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (310) 657-0366.