La Verne Scoliosis Treatment – Scoliosis is a condition where one’s spine has a sideways curvature, usually in the shape of an “S” or a “C.” Although mild forms typically are not too problematic, if gone untreated, the condition can worsen and interfere with one’s breathing, cause chronic back problems, and create noticeable physical changes. For instance, one may find unleveled shoulders, uneven hips, bulging ribs, and/or a shift of the waist and trunk to the side. While the cause is generally unknown, there are proven chiropractic treatments for scoliosis. As here, watch how Dr. Mehr treated Gabriel Gomez’ scoliosis.
Do I Have Scoliosis?
Scoliosis can affect individuals of all ages. Some children all born with it, while others don’t form it until later in their adult life. Every case is different and some don’t show any symptoms at all. However, a few obvious signs to look for are as follows:
Symptoms of Scoliosis in Children
- Uneven shoulders and/or hips
- Bulging ribs
- Shift of the waist and trunk to the side
- Head doesn’t look centered compared to the rest of the body
- When standing straight, the arms don’t hang down straight next to the body
- When bending forward, the two sides of the back are at different heights
Symptoms of Scoliosis in Adults
- Uneven shoulders and/or hips
- Bump in the lower back
- Trouble walking and/or standing up straight
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of height
- Numbness, weakness, or pain in the legs
- Bony bumps in the joints of the spine, known as bone spurs and caused bone and joint damage
- Feeling full quickly while you eat (due to the spine putting pressure on you stomach)
Again, the above are just a few of the signs of scoliosis and for some, no signs appear at all. However, if gone untreated, mild to severe health problems can arise.
Is Scoliosis Dangerous?
Scoliosis can cause minor inconveniences, physical deformities, emotional stress, chronic back pain, inhibited range of motion, as well as heart problems and breathing difficulties. While scoliosis is not deadly, a main concern is the risk of heart and breathing problems. As the scoliotic curves progress, they begin placing pressure on the lungs and leading the ribs to push on the lungs. This can restrict breathing and lower one’s oxygen levels. Consequently, sufferers will be more susceptible to pneumonia and lung infections.
Fortunately, scoliosis can be treated with chiropractic care. Whether the sufferer has had scoliosis surgery, is trying to avoid it, does not wish to wear a brace, or simply tired of it, scoliosis-specific chiropractic treatment can be the solution. In fact, by addressing and correcting the issue via chiropractic adjustments, patients can experience 12 degree curvature correction to complete restoration. Not even braces are able to achieve such results.
The scoliosis-specific chiropractic treatment will vary case by case. Generally speaking, however, treatment will include recentering the head as well as adjusting the hips and back. Although some chiropractors claim they’re experienced in scoliosis treatment, a lot of times their knowledge is limited. A chiropractor, as Dr. Mehr, who does hold scoliosis-specific knowledge, will know how to gradually, precisely, and gently adjust the spine to its correct spinal curve.
To learn more on Dr. Mehr can help you or a loved one overcome scoliosis, as he did for Gabriel Gomez, contact us today.