Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we care about your spine. We know that your overall health, including immune system and digestive health, hinges on the safety and effectiveness of your spinal cord. The spinal cord transfers signals from your brain to the rest of the body. But what if your spinal cord is not able to function properly? What if the spine is crooked or misaligned, pinching the nerves of the spinal cord and preventing proper flow?
The truth is, this is a common problem in most adults. Over time your vertebrae will shift and move slightly, even after regular activities such as sitting, standing, and exercising. But some individuals have a chronic condition known as scoliosis. Scoliosis is an unnatural curvature of the spine in which the vertebrae bend to the side. The good news is that scoliosis is typically fairly mild, though it can worsen with age. Read on for a summary of symptoms, causes, and how chiropractic can help.
First, how do you know if you or someone close to you has scoliosis? It’s typically diagnosed as an adolescent, but it could go unnoticed until later in life. In this case, the symptoms would grow increasingly prevalent if left unchecked. Let’s take a look at some common symptoms now:
- Shoulders and/or hips are uneven when sitting or standing in a relaxed posture
- Posture curves slightly to the right or the left
- Numbness, weakness, or pain in back, legs, and feet
- Difficulty breathing
There are a number of potential causes for this condition. Have a look at the list below:
- Birth defects or structural abnormalities
- Severe direct injury to the spine
- Invasive surgery as an infant
- Neuromuscular conditions, including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
If you are undiagnosed but have any of the symptoms listed above, consult your physician to discuss options. One of the things you can do for yourself is schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. A chiropractor performs gentle, non-invasive adjustments on a patient’s spine to alleviate symptoms and promote overall health. Chiropractic cannot promise to fully straighten a spine affected by scoliosis, but there have been reports of significant improvement when it comes to overall curvature, symptoms, and quality of life.
If you’re suffering from scoliosis or scoliotic symptoms, schedule an appointment with a doctor here at DiBella Chiropractic. We would love to walk you through the benefits of chiropractic care and discuss a treatment plan. Contact us and get started today!