In the human body, the spine usually runs straight down the middle. Those who have scoliosis, however, have a backbone that curves to the side. If you think it sounds painful, it is. People with scoliosis tend to lean a bit or have shoulders or hips that appear uneven. So what causes the condition and what can you do to lessen the pain? Keep reading to learn more.

Causes of Scoliosis

Doctors are unable to find the exact reason for scoliosis in nearly 80 percent of cases. Keep in mind that in cases with clear causes, the condition usually stems from one leg being longer than the other, muscle spasms, and inflammations such as appendicitis. Successful treatment can often eliminate scoliosis. Structural scoliosis, on the other hand, can’t be reversed due to a rigid spine. Causes include anything from cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy to infections and tumors. This kind of scoliosis begins as a baby’s back develops before birth. Many times, the spine is forced to curve due to problems with tiny bones in the back.

What makes scoliosis interesting is that doctors may not detect it when the child is born. In fact, they may not find it until the teen years. It’s important to know that the condition shows up most often during growth spurts. Unfortunately, scoliosis doesn’t always go away. The greater the angle of spine curve, the more likely it is to increase over time and into adulthood. So if you or a loved one have had scoliosis in the past, be sure to consult your doctor regularly.

Scoliosis Prevention

Contrary to popular belief, back, shoulder and neck pain caused by heavy backpacks doesn’t lead to scoliosis. Be aware that poor posture doesn’t, either. How a person stands or sits doesn’t affect their chances of developing the condition. If you notice your child isn’t able to stand upright, ask your doctor to look at his or her spine.

Are you looking for effective scoliosis treatment? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Moramarco Chiropractic in Woburn uses the innovative Schroth program. Our chiropractor implements intensive instruction designed to help those with moderate to severe scoliosis learn a corrected postural stance while standing, walking, sitting, etc. Ultimately, the goal is to teach the patient how to counteract the likelihood of spinal curve progression and to reduce symptoms associated with the condition. Please note that the Schroth program can be completed within one week for those traveling to Boston. More local patients should expect a completion time of approximately six weeks. We tell patients with mild curves of the spine that less instruction is required.

Our chiropractor does so much more than provide low back pain management. The core of chiropractic care revolves around overall health and wellness. Whether it’s regular chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, sports injury rehabilitation, or scoliosis treatment, we want to help.

We can help you get out of pain for good. Call Moramarco Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation.