Scoliosis Specialist

Active Health Clinics

Chiropractic Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Fort Dodge, IA

Scoliosis is a spinal condition that causes the spine to curve to the side instead of following a true vertical line. It isn’t preventable, but the team at Active Health Clinics in Fort Dodge, Iowa, provides many effective treatments to ease discomfort and improve flexibility. If you have scoliosis or notice an abnormal curvature in your child’s spine, call Active Health Clinics today to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

If you imagine looking at someone’s spine, it curves naturally inward and outward at certain points. For example, it goes inward at your waist level and neck. However, the spine doesn’t normally deviate from a straight line left to right, as it does when you have scoliosis.

Congenital scoliosis is the form of this condition that starts when a fetus is in the uterus. The fetal vertebrae fail to form as they should, making the spine curve to one side or the other. 

Quite often, this abnormal curvature doesn’t get picked up straight away, and some children don’t get diagnosed until they’re older, and the problem becomes more noticeable. This is why getting your children checked at infancy to treat these issues right away is so important.

Degenerative scoliosis affects older adults, developing as a result of the discs and vertebrae starting to wear with age.

What causes scoliosis?

You may still hear it said that scoliosis develops from having a poor posture or sustaining a childhood injury. This isn’t true, and in fact, there’s no way of preventing scoliosis. There are two main types of scoliosis:

Nonstructural scoliosis

If you have nonstructural scoliosis, it means that there’s curvature in the spine, but it isn’t affecting normal functioning. This type of scoliosis typically develops because of inflammation, muscle spasms, or having legs of different lengths. It’s possible to correct nonstructural scoliosis by treating the underlying cause.

Structural scoliosis

Structural scoliosis, on the other hand, is incurable, as the curvature is permanent. Common causes of structural scoliosis include:

  • Congenital disabilities
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Infections
  • Tumors

If you or anyone else in your family has scoliosis, it increases the risk of your child being affected. Monitor them carefully so at the first signs of abnormal curvature, they can start treatment.

What treatments are available for scoliosis?

Chiropractic is highly effective as a treatment for scoliosis. Studies show that patients undergoing chiropractic therapy found their pain and disability eased considerably. In some cases, chiropractic can also help decrease the degree of curvature.

The therapies available that can help ease discomfort caused by scoliosis and improve mobility include:

  • Regular chiropractic care
  • Massage
  • Muscle mobility and stretching
  • Ultrasound

Find out more about scoliosis and the best way to manage it by calling Active Health Clinics today, or book an appointment using the online tool.