A variety of issues can cause scoliosis. Naturally, your spine consists of three curves that constitute an “S” shape. When you have scoliosis, you develop a “C” shape from your spine curving side to side, instead of front to back. It’s often noticeably visible in the:
In some circumstances, spinal scoliosis is caused by:
Although scoliosis has many causes, in up to 80% of cases, the cause is unknown.
The Cobb method is the standard way of measuring spinal deformities. It’s commonly used to track the progression of scoliosis and measures the angle, called the Cobb angle, between the vertebrae closest to the head and the vertebrae closest to the tailbone.
If your Cobb angle is 10 or higher, you have scoliosis. An angle between 20-40 is considered moderate and treatable with chiropractic care.
Certain risk factors put you at a higher risk for developing spinal scoliosis. The most common form of scoliosis emerges just before puberty, and moderate to severe cases are more likely in girls than boys.
In cases of scoliosis that develop in adulthood, those with a family history are more prone to spinal curvature.
Depending on your specific case, Dr. Hausman may recommend traditional chiropractic treatments such as spinal manipulation or decompression. He may also suggest acupuncture or scoliosis-specific adjustments.
Although scoliosis is often chronic and incurable, in some cases, Dr. Hausman can prevent further degeneration.
In minor to moderate cases of scoliosis, where the spinal curvature ranges from 10-40 degrees, Dr. Hausman may be able to help. He can recommend a variety of treatments to reduce your pain and increase your mobility.
For most patients, Dr. Hausman prescribes at-home exercises and stretches that stabilize and strengthen your spine. He may also recommend movements that can increase your range of motion and improve your flexibility.
If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis or think you may be at risk, contact Dr. Hausman, who’s board certified in chiropractic, acupuncture, and physiotherapy. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book it online today.
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