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Scoliosis can develop at any age, but no matter when the curvature appears, it’s important to get early treatment to prevent it from getting progressively worse. Michael Kaliko, DC, and the team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness, located in Studio City, Encino, and the Carthay Circle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, provide individualized treatment to help you maintain a healthy spine, prevent progression, and relieve scoliosis symptoms. If you or a loved one needs help with scoliosis, request an appointment online, or call the office today.
Scoliosis occurs when your spine develops an abnormal sideways curvature. When your spine is viewed from behind, it should form a straight line. In patients with scoliosis, the spine has an S or C-shaped curve. In some patients, the spine may also twist.
Scoliosis often occurs in families. It may also be caused by congenital disabilities and neuromuscular conditions. However, in 80% of all adolescent patients, the cause can’t be determined.
Though scoliosis can appear at any age, it most often occurs between the ages of 10-15 years. Young teens are typically diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, meaning an underlying cause can’t be identified.
Adults may have idiopathic scoliosis that began in their teen years and continued to progress into their adult years. You may also develop degenerative scoliosis as an adult when age-related spine conditions cause degeneration that allows abnormal curving in the spine.
Children and teens seldom experience pain from mild to moderate scoliosis. You may notice changes in your child’s appearance, however. For example, their shoulders and hips may be uneven, with one side appearing higher than the other.
A severe spinal curvature in children may cause painful muscle spasms and place pressure on their chest cavity. As a result, they may have a hard time breathing.
Adults with degenerative scoliosis experience symptoms such as stiffness and pain that can be debilitating. The spinal curvature doesn’t cause your pain; rather, it comes from strained muscles, stressed spinal joints, and pinched nerves. Compressed nerves may also cause pain and tingling that radiate down your legs or arms.
The team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness uses chiropractic care to guide the spine back into its natural alignment. Depending on the severity of the curvature and the age of the patient, chiropractic treatments may restore the spine’s normal curve.
Posture training can help patients at any age, but it’s especially important for young patients whose bones are still growing. The way they sit and stand affects their scoliosis in either a good or bad way, depending on their posture.
Your scoliosis treatment may include one or more of the following treatments designed to gradually improve your spine and stretch and strengthen the spine’s supporting muscles:
If you have questions about scoliosis or you’d like to learn more about how chiropractic care can help, call Body of Beverly Hills Wellness or request an appointment online.