Three Types of Scoliosis
- Idiopathic scoliosis is diagnosed by excluding the other causes. This is the most common type of scoliosis and comprises about 80 percent of all cases. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is usually diagnosed during puberty and makes up the largest percentage of all cases.
- Congenital scoliosis results from malformation in the womb of one or more vertebrae. This may occur in any location of the spine. The vertebral abnormalities cause curvature and other deformities of the spine because one area of the spinal column lengthens at a slower rate than the rest. The specifics of each case determine the rate at which the scoliosis progresses as the child grows. Because these abnormalities are present at birth, congenital scoliosis is usually detected at a younger age than idiopathic scoliosis.
- Neuromuscular scoliosis includes scoliosis that is secondary to neurological or muscular diseases. This includes scoliosis associated with cerebral palsy, spinal cord trauma, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and spina bifida. This type of scoliosis generally progresses more rapidly than idiopathic scoliosis and often requires surgical treatment.
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
Scoliosis is not a disease or a diagnosis. It is simply an identification of a curvature in the spine viewed by an x-ray or CT. Also, scoliosis is not curable.
However, we use chiropractic adjustments to improve movement and address the physical spinal limitations caused by scoliosis. Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive way to manage scoliosis.
How is Scoliosis Treated with Chiropractic Care?
The medical way to address scoliosis is to treat the herniated disc, fuse the spondee or conduct a foraminotomy. However, the only thing medically done specifically for scoliosis is Herrington rods. These are horrible and rarely necessary. Yet, most of these cases are not surgical and can be managed with chiropractic care. Also, many people never experience symptoms from scoliosis.
Abnormal curves in the spine may cause the natural couple motion of the spinal joints to only move in a partial range of motion. They may also get stuck completely and stop moving. This causes a range of symptoms, including pain, muscular imbalances, arthritis of the joints and more.
Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can help manage these symptoms. However, it is critically important to work with a chiropractor that understand how to diagnose and treat scoliosis, like Dr. Manteris.
With each patient we conduct a free consultation that includes an in-depth health history and a conversation about symptoms and concerns. Dr. Manteris will then proceed to an examination, testing and a full report of findings if chiropractic care is the best course of care. This process provides Dr. Manteris with the information needed to determine a correct diagnosis and treatment protocol.
The goal with chiropractic care is to keep the joints moving and keep the proper support of the spinal column through physical therapy modalities.
Broomfield Spine + Injury Understands Effective Scoliosis Treatment
At Broomfield Spine + Injury, we only offer chiropractic care for conditions we know we can treat. Our goal is to improve your total health and quality of life. Dr. Manteris has effectively treated scoliosis. He has the knowledge and training to help you!