Alleviating the Burden of Scoliosis: How Franklin Chiropractors Can Help
Scoliosis, a common back condition, can inflict great discomfort and immobility upon those who are affected by it. Believe it or not, scoliosis affects a whopping 5 to 7 million people in the United States alone. But fret not, my dear reader, for Franklin chiropractors possess the expertise to alleviate the suffering of many scoliosis patients, making their daily routines more bearable.
But hold your horses, what exactly is scoliosis, you may ask? Well, my inquisitive friend, scoliosis is a condition of the spine that results in a lateral or sideways curvature of greater than 10 degrees. Although most of the time the root cause of this peculiar curvature is unknown, in approximately 20% of cases, neurological disease, trauma, or tumors are the culprits. When the root cause is unknown, it is referred to as idiopathic scoliosis.
Now, let’s delve a little deeper. If an individual has functional scoliosis, it means that a postural issue, muscle spasm, or unequal leg length is the trigger. Fortunately, this type of scoliosis is usually treatable. However, if the scoliosis is deemed structural, various postural strategies are typically ineffective. It is worth noting that scoliosis is more prevalent among girls and usually manifests between the ages of 10 and 15. Additionally, it can be hereditary, so if a parent or sibling has it, the chances of a younger child inheriting it are higher.
Unmasking the Symptoms: Pain, Limited Mobility, and More
So, what are the common symptoms of scoliosis, you may wonder? Brace yourself, my friend, for they include excruciating pain, limited range of motion, decreased lung function, and diminished heart function. Psychological issues such as decreased self-esteem are also prevalent among those with scoliosis. Although 80% of individuals with scoliosis have a curvature of less than 20 degrees, it is not uncommon to see large increases in curvature within a short period, especially during adolescence. To diagnose scoliosis, physical evaluation and x-rays are typically used to assess the extent of spinal curvature.
Chiropractic Care: A Path to Scoliosis Relief
Ah, but fear not, for chiropractic treatment may be the answer to your scoliosis woes! Franklin chiropractors have a wealth of effective treatments up their sleeves, including spinal manipulation, electric muscle stimulation, and therapeutic exercise. It may come as a surprise, but this field has yet to receive adequate attention or research. Nevertheless, many patients with scoliosis have reported significant improvements in their condition following chiropractic treatment.
Even if the spinal curvature is not entirely corrected, your chiropractor at Rhythm of Life Chiropractic, LLC can address any associated pain or discomfort caused by scoliosis. Often, the change in posture and gait induced by scoliosis can lead to pain and subsequent issues in other areas of the body. Your chiropractor will search for the underlying cause of all your structural aches and pains, devising a solution that best fits your specific situation.
At Rhythm of Life Chiropractic, LLC, our team is dedicated to answering any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!