When scoliosis is detected early, there are non-surgical care options available to reduce the likelihood of long-term complications and improve the patient’s outcome. The best care for scoliosis includes a dynamic care team that includes both traditional doctors and doctors of chiropractic. If you suspect you or a loved one might have scoliosis or are currently being treated for this condition, contact Piché Family Chiropractic in Traverse City, Michigan, to learn more about how chiropractic care might improve the outcome of your care plan.
Scoliosis Q & A
Is scoliosis limited to children and adolescents?
While the onset of scoliosis occurs during childhood or adolescence, sometimes the condition isn’t identified this early, leading to adult cases of scoliosis. While it’s possible for an adult to develop scoliosis, the vast majority of adult patients with scoliosis have had it for most of their lives.
What are the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?
Children with scoliosis often experience no symptoms at all. The first warning signs of scoliosis in children is often difficulty finding clothes that fit right — they may hang awkwardly on your child’s frame — or a visible curvature of the spine noticed while changing or bathing. Because many children with scoliosis report no discomfort, it’s important that your children receive prepubescent/childhood screenings to detect the disorder and intervene early.
Adults, teens, and those with more severe curvature of the spine often experience chronic, nagging lower back pain as well as:
- Pain in or along back
- Difficult breathing due to twisting of the rib cage and restriction of the chest cavity
- Abnormal gait (how they walk)
- Heart problems due to constriction of the chest cavity
- Decreased range of motion
- Low self-esteem