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If your spine has a curve to one side you may be suffering from a condition called scoliosis in Milwaukie, OR. Our chiropractor at Eastside Spine and Injury can perform a physical exam to see if you have a curvature that indicates scoliosis. Our goal is to help realign your spine so that further health problems are not an issue. Find out more about what causes scoliosis and how we can treat this condition effectively at our chiropractic office.
Scoliosis is a type of spinal deformity. If you have a curve in your spine that resembles the letters C or S when you stand up, this is a common indicator of how scoliosis appears. It can also cause you to have a sway back in the lower spine. With scoliosis, you may look like you have poor posture, when in fact it is a deformity in your spine that is causing this.
Scoliosis is most commonly noted during the years when a child is growing and developing. For this reason, we recommend bringing your child in for a chiropractic exam when they have growth spurts. This is typically around 10 to 15 years of age. Since girls are more likely to develop this condition we recommend getting them screened twice in this period, and boys should be screened once.
According to the Scoliosis Research Society in more than 80 percent of scoliosis patients there is no known cause for this spinal condition. For parents who have heard that heavy backpacks or a sports injury for a child can cause scoliosis, this simply is not the case. In cases where we can identify a source of the deformity, these are due to a number of genetic and predisposed conditions.
For example, children with congenital spinal column abnormalities or genetic conditions including Down syndrome or Marfan’s syndrome are predisposed for scoliosis. Other conditions that often lead to scoliosis include neurological disorders, spinal infections, and muscular diseases. Because scoliosis is a genetic condition, if you have scoliosis there is a 30 percent chance that your children may have this condition as well.
While you cannot prevent scoliosis, there are several treatment options for this spinal condition. At Eastside Spine and Injury we begin treatment with a proper diagnosis to determine the degree, and cause if applicable, of the spinal deformity. Physical therapy and corrective exercises can be provided to help correct the growing spine.
Additionally, we offer chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression to stretch the spine and reduce inflammation. These treatments will also increase nutrient-rich fluid throughout the spine, which can help reduce back pain throughout the treatment process.
To get tested for scoliosis or begin treatment for this spinal condition, contact our chiropractor in Milwaukie, OR. Dr. Brian Sims has extensive knowledge in specialized chiropractic care. Here at Eastside Spine and Injury, we are a full-service clinic with chiropractic options for your entire family. In addition to treatment for scoliosis, we also provide chiropractic adjustment, post-trauma rehab, massage therapy, and pediatric chiropractic care. Call our office at (503) 654-7400 and receive a complimentary consultation if you are a new patient.