What Your Chiropractor Can Do for a Curved Spine
About one in every 30 people eventually develops a condition called scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. That means that there are at least 25,000 people in Smyrna, Austell, Mableton, and the rest of Cobb County who need scoliosis treatment. Even though people in and around Smyrna are fitness-minded, good health habits are not enough to stop the insidious progression of this potentially disabling or even fatal condition. Dr. Leguizamon and East/West Spine & Rehab in Smyrna can help you stop and reverse scoliosis with modern chiropractic care.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormally curved spine. The natural shape of the human spine as viewed from the side is an "S" curve. Someone who has scoliosis will have a curved spine that forms more of a "C" shape when viewed from the side. The curvature of the spine is not always detectable on quick visual inspection. But as the problem progresses, there can be an uneven waist, hips, or shoulders, a hump in the rib cage, or prominence in the lower back.
What Kinds of Symptoms Does a Curved Spine Cause?
Most people with a curved spine come in to see the chiropractor because they know something is wrong when they look in the mirror. Many people come in for treatment before the worst symptoms of scoliosis manifest themselves. Sometimes young people are referred to the chiropractor after curvature of the spine is detected in screenings at school.
If someone who has scoliosis ignores their condition, the curvature of the spine can slowly increase. Most commonly the right shoulder rolls forward, or the legs are not the same length. There can be problems with balance, and lower back pain that never goes away. In extreme cases, a curved spine can interfere with digestive function and breathing.
What Can Your Chiropractor Do For a Curved Spine?
The objective of surgery is to take the curve out of your spine. Chiropractic care does not involve surgery. Your chiropractor judges the success of your treatment by relief of pain and the ability to do the things that make life enjoyable.
Spinal curvature patients often have patterns of weak muscles and tight muscles. Your chiropractor will seek to make the weak muscles stronger and the tight muscles looser. The chiropractor will show you specific postural patterns that compensate for days you can't exercise and that counterbalance the force of gravity if you have gained weight. You may be prescribed a functional brace that helps you go about specific activities longer without pain or a corrective brace that helps to correct the underlying causes of curvature.
You Don't Have to Live With The Long-Term Effects of a Curved Spine.
Scoliosis is usually diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, but it's never too late to get help with curved spine issues. You have time to improve your quality of life with chiropractic care. Dr. Leguizamon welcomes you to begin your journey to good health. Make a request for an appointment online, or call us at (770) 432-5600.