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Scoliosis FAQs With Our Chiropractor In Irvine

Scoliosis describes an abnormally curved spine. A normal healthy spine does have several curves in it (specifically, a slight inward curve in the neck and low back, and an outward curve in the midback). With scoliosis, however, a person will have an atypical side-to-side S-shaped curve of the spine. Your chiropractor in Irvine can help with your scoliosis. Learn more about treating scoliosis with a chiropractor.

Chiropractor in Irvine showing spine model to patient

How Common Is Scoliosis?

It's been estimated that around 5% of the population has some degree of scoliosis. Typically first diagnosed in children, scoliosis is more common in women. That said, people of any age or gender can be diagnosed.

What Causes It? 

Several causes are believed to exist for the development of scoliosis, though it may not always be clear what causes yours or a loved one's. These may include acute injury (especially in early years of life), birth defect, or illness. Since it does tend to run in families, there is believed to be a hereditary or genetic component, at least in some cases. "Temporary" scoliosis may also develop in children experiencing growth spurts. Incidentally, temporary or "non-fixed" scoliosis tends to respond better to treatment, compared to "structural" types of scoliosis such as the kind caused by a birth defect. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Scoliosis

Signs and symptoms of scoliosis will look a little different from person to person, and really depend on the degree of abnormal curvature in the spine. That said, some of the most common symptoms include a visibly curved or asymmetrical back, one leg that is shorter than the other, uneven shoulder heights, and shoulder, hip or back pain that occurs at rest and/or with activity. Severe cases--while rare--can lead to breathing problems or difficulty walking. Not all scoliosis is visible to the naked eye--so it's important to be screened by a physician or chiropractor.

Can Scoliosis Be Treated

While scoliosis is not always "curable," it IS treatable and can be managed. At Milam Chiropractic & Sports Therapy, our approach to chiropractic care for people with scoliosis typically includes:

  • Spinal adjustment and other manual techniques, to reduce pain and optimize a person's spinal alignment and mobility
  • Active therapeutic exercise, to increase the strength and endurance of key postural muscles
  • Postural re-training exercises to help reduce strain on your spine at work, at home, and at play 

Living With Scoliosis? See How Our Chiropractor In Irvine Can Help

If you have scoliosis, you can live a normal, healthy, vibrant life--and our chiropractor in Irvine, Dr. Sean Milam, along with the rest of his team wants to help you do just that. Using a combination of innovative, natural, and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to chiropractic care, we help hundreds of patients every year get back on the road to pain management and wellness. Curious to see how we can help? Call today to schedule your FREE initial consultation as a new client. We proudly serve the communities of Tustin, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Newport Beach, and surrounding areas.