How to Manage the Pain of Scoliosis

I can remember when I was young, the nurse would take you into her office and take a look at your spine. What was she looking for? Scoliosis, or so we were told. After that, this condition was something that you rarely heard anything about. Actually, however, scoliosis is much more common than most may realize.

The American Chiropractic Association estimates that between 5 and 7 million people are afflicted with the condition. Unless you have it, you may not know much about it. Read on to find out the specifics of scoliosis, and then what can be done to negate the pain and discomfort that often accompanies the condition.

What Is Scoliosis?

In short, scoliosis is curvature of the spine. The spine curves a little bit naturally, but when it curves too much (laterally), it is termed scoliosis. Some kinds of scoliosis are completely noticeable; the curvature if severe. Other kinds, however, are a bit less noticeable and the person may not even realize that they have it.

What Problems Does It Cause?

For some, it causes very few problems. For others, it can significantly diminish quality of life. Some may experience pain or soreness, especially in the back. Suffering from a stiff back, aching joints, or constant back soreness are common among scoliosis patients. Those with severe scoliosis may find breathing difficult, as the internal organs have less room because of the curvature.

What Treatment Is Available and Effective?

Sometimes, simple over the counter medications can help to limit the amount of pain. For very extreme cases, surgery may be needed. For the majority of scoliosis patients, however, extreme measures are not needed. Though it may not cure the scoliosis, a great way to deal with the pain is through the use of regular chiropractic care. A chiropractor may be able to align the vertebrae of the spine properly through spinal manipulation. This can alleviate any further pressure in the back, eliminating pain and stiffness. The best policy is to visit the clinic on a regular basis. This helps to maintain the health of the spine instead of waiting for problems to arise that must then be addressed.

If you would like to try chiropractic care to help manage your scoliosis, get to The Joint...the Chiropractic Place. Appointments can be done on your schedule, as walk ins are accepted on a daily basis. Affordable pricing also makes the process easier and essentially pain free. A chiropractor at The Joint may be able to align your spine and assist you in your back pain woes. Improve your health and your life by getting to The Joint starting today.

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