Scoliosis Treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah
Scoliosis Diagnosis, Treatment and Care in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine which usually gets progressively worse, and can cause severe problems for the afflicted individual with regard to mobility, posture, and self-esteem. The most common type of scoliosis is known as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The idiopathic part of that name indicates that it has no known origin. However, much of the research which has recently been conducted into the condition seems to point to a strong genetic influence, meaning anyone who has a family history of scoliosis is at greater risk.
It can affect infants, adolescents, and even adults, but it generally afflicts children more seriously because they are in the process of rapid growth. While it can appear in children at a very young age, it most often turns up between the ages of 11 and 15. When it afflicts adults who have no previous family history of scoliosis, this is generally a different type of scoliosis more closely associated with spinal degeneration and the onset of old age.
Some of the impacts of scoliosis include poor posture, hunching forward of the shoulders, spinal pain, and a general muscle weakness. As the condition progresses, it can eventually cause heart and lung problems, although this most often occurs later in a person’s life. When scoliosis is diagnosed and treated early, many of these symptoms can be avoided, but if not detected early, surgery may become the most viable alternative to treating scoliosis.
When scoliosis is detected early, bracing can actually halt the progression of spinal curvature and lessen the necessity for surgery. When surgery does become necessary, the bones of the spine generally must be fused together, and metal rods are often installed, so as to help to straighten out the severe curvature of the spine.
What you should look for
How to Screen for Scoliosis
If you’re a parent with children between the ages of 11 and 15, you should bring your youngsters into Creekside Chiropractic where our expert medical professionals can screen your child for scoliosis. This can be a critical step in identifying the presence of the disease and in pursuing a rapid program of treatment to minimize its effects.
If your child experiences any kind of spinal pain or neurological issues, that could be a sign that scoliosis is progressing. If you’re aware of any family history of scoliosis, you should definitely make a point of having your child screened, since hereditary influences are known to be among the strongest risk factors for the disease.
If your child develops a visible curvature of the spine and you notice that their shoulders are unlevel or hunched forward, these are signs that beginning stage scoliosis may be occurring. If their hips appear uneven, or the belly button doesn’t appear centered, this is another tell-tale sign of the disease. Keep in mind that many scoliosis patients suffer extreme loss of self-esteem and depression, often leading to a lower quality of life. That makes it very important that you have your child screened as soon as they reach the adolescent phase.
When you consult with us at Creekside Chiropractic
Scoliosis treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah
The first thing we’ll do during any consultation is inquire about your family history, since that is known to be the leading risk factor for the disease. Then your child will be given a thorough physical exam, so that any spinal curvature can be detected. X-rays will be administered to confirm and diagnose any condition which may be present.
Based on the results of the consult, the exam, and the x-rays, a program of treatment will be discussed and prescribed, and the sooner this program can be initiated, the better it will be for your child. Any program which will be developed will be customized completely to your child’s needs and their condition. The program will be personalized to their specific age group, the severity of any spinal curvature, and what the child’s needs are in terms of pain relief.
We at Creekside Chiropractic offer chiropractic care, sports injury treatment, disc compression therapy, sciatica treatment, posture treatment, and more to relieve pain, restore spinal function, and preserve structural integrity. We also offer wellness programs to stay fit long-term. Book an appointment today!