Scoliosis is a condition involving a curvature of the spine. It is classified as either congenital or idiopathic. Congenital scoliosis is present at birth (or in utero) and is caused by an anomaly. Idiopathic scoliosis is a curve of the spine that appears after birth. Secondary scoliosis is another classification which occurs as a result of another condition, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy or even a traumatic physical injury. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic.
Scoliosis or curvature of the spine causes unevenness to the shoulders, ribcage and hips. Someone who has scoliosis may experience pain and difficulty breathing and walking.
Traditional Treatment Options
The common treatment for scoliosis typically begins with a corrective back brace. These are often considered a first alternative to surgery. Unfortunately, back braces come with lifestyle sacrifices. The back braces can’t be worn with all clothing. They aren’t comfortable and they have to be worn almost all of the time (removed only for bathing). And they must be worn during the time that scoliosis tends to worsen – adolescence. This a time when most patients find it most difficult to have anything that marks them as different from their peers, so getting these patients to actually wear their brace can be a challenge.
The next step for those who do not experience success with bracing is scoliosis surgery. A corrective surgery for scoliosis involves fusing the spine and adding some pins and rods to straighten it. Of course there are some significant risks for patients including adverse reactions to anesthesia, bone healing problems and infection. And as scoliosis is very often a childhood disease, these risks should not be underestimated by parents and health care providers.
As an alternative to surgery, scoliosis patients and their care providers should consider natural options first.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Any surgery carries risk, no matter how skilled the surgical team. As an alternative to surgery, upper cervical chiropractic is an excellent course of action to consider. Upper cervical chiropractic is a specialized field that involves specific focus on posture, beginning with the position of the head. This form of chiropractic care has been in use since the 1930’s and has been found to be extremely effective for those suffering with scoliosis. There have been studies that indicate upper cervical chiropractic is effective at reducing the severity of the scoliosis and preventing continued curvature.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with an upper cervical chiropractor in your area.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com
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