Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine and the risk factors commonly include those who are 9- to-15-year-olds, female and having family history. It is twice more common in girls than boys especially at the age of 10. It is hereditary therefore the parent is more likely suffering the same disorder too. However, the severity of the curves does not correlate from a generation to the next.
Scoliosis has several types based on the cause and age when the curve develops but the cause remains mysterious until now. Scoliosis has a few types within the disorder. If the person is less than 3 years old, it is called infantile idiopathic scoliosis that associates with other problems like chest wall deformities, spina bifida and others. Scoliosis that develops between 3 to 10 years of age is called juvenile idiopathic scoliosis while people over 10 years old to 18 have adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Idiopathic scoliosis can be caused by one leg being shorter than the other having to carry heavy loads that or by muscle spasms in the back. If you suddenly notice that your clothes do not fit as they did before or maybe notice an uneven waist as well as pant legs longer than the other, you should get yourself checked.
Can you fix scoliosis?
According to Medicine Net, scoliosis can only be treated but not fixed. Three ways to treat scoliosis are through observation, bracing and surgery. With all these treatments, the symptoms can be reduced and the advancement of scoliosis can be delayed. There are also some sleeping tips for scoliosis patients to reduce pain and discomforts.
Can scoliosis be treated by a chiropractor?
At Precision Spine, the chiropractic trainers are exposed to effective treatments other than bracing or surgery. The methods used are not only apparent in stabilizing the curvature but also reducing the curve that has already formed. Therefore, treatment by chiropractors can help scoliosis patients from getting worse symptoms. The mild side effect that rarely occurs after scoliosis treatment by chiropractors is generally benign, but it requires no medical attention.
What exercises are good for scoliosis?
There are some exercises that are good for scoliosis treatment. Although scoliosis is not associated with back pain, however, in some cases, the symptoms can be decreased with physical therapy, massage, stretches and yoga, with condition that you refrain from affecting the spine with twisting pressures. These can help strengthening the back muscles. Also, these three basic exercises can help get your back out of pain; Bird Dog, Side Bridge, Curl Up. This shall be done daily for the first 3 weeks to build up basic endurance for stability, flexibility and support of the lumbar spine.
How should you sleep if you have scoliosis?
There are many home remedies described for scoliosis to prevent the curves from growing any further such as herbal treatment, stretches, exercises, diets and way to sleep. A mattress that is made from latex, memory foam or cool gel is recommended by some clinicians. Mattresses with adjustable head height and foot is also a good option. Despite all this, the right sleeping position is vital to provide some relief in managing pain and optimizing breathing. If the scoliosis happens at your upper back, put a thin pillow under your shoulder blades while in sleeping position. If you prefer to sleep on your side, try hugging a pillow between your legs to support the spinal canal.
These are several information regarding scoliosis treatment and what you should know about it. Scoliosis cannot be cured but its symptoms certainly can be reduced and lessened by doing all the suggested exercises and undergo on-going treatments by the chiropractors and doctors.