Scoliosis In Tupelo

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Scoliosis typically begins as a minor curve in the spine that, if unchecked, can progressively worsen.

A curvature of 60 degrees or more is generally what defines scoliosis, a point at which many individuals start experiencing discomfort or pain. However, with early intervention and care, the progression of scoliosis can be managed, preventing its development into a more severe condition.

There is a focused approach to tackling the early signs of scoliosis. Despite extensive studies, the exact cause of scoliosis remains elusive, though it appears more frequently in young women. The journey to scoliosis usually starts with a single misaligned vertebra. This misalignment can cause muscular imbalances as certain muscles begin to overcompensate, leading to a gradual, compensatory curve in the spine. Interestingly, school teachers often first identify potential scoliosis due to their constant observation of students, noticing the characteristic tilted posture.

What Causes Scolioses?

Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. While the exact cause of scoliosis often remains unknown (idiopathic scoliosis), several factors may contribute to its development.

These factors include:

Idiopathic: This is the most common form of scoliosis and occurs without a known cause. It typically develops during adolescence and is more common in girls than boys.

Congenital: Congenital scoliosis is present at birth and results from abnormal spine development in the womb. It occurs due to vertebral malformations or abnormalities in the formation of the bones of the spine.

Neuromuscular: Neuromuscular scoliosis develops as a secondary complication of conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, or polio. These conditions can affect muscle control and contribute to an uneven growth of the spine.

Degenerative: Degenerative scoliosis typically develops in older adults as a result of age-related changes in the spine, such as degeneration of the spinal discs and facet joints. This type of scoliosis is more common in individuals over the age of 50 and can lead to a gradual curvature of the spine.

Traumatic: Traumatic scoliosis occurs as a result of an injury or trauma to the spine, such as fractures or dislocations. Injuries to the spine can disrupt the normal alignment of the vertebrae and lead to scoliosis.

Syndromic: Syndromic scoliosis is associated with certain genetic syndromes or conditions, such as Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or neurofibromatosis. These syndromes can affect the connective tissues of the body, including those in the spine, leading to scoliosis.

Chiropractic Care For Scoliosis in Tupelo

Scoliosis isn't exclusive to the young; adults can develop the condition too, especially as age-related wear and tear and conditions like osteoporosis kick in, weakening the spine and fostering imbalances. Without intervention, these imbalances can evolve into the full-fledged curvatures seen in scoliosis, which, if severe and untreated, can lead to significant internal organ damage.

Diagnosis typically involves an x-ray to gauge the extent and specifics of the curvature. Here at Chiropractic Physician Center of Tupelo, we extend our diagnostic tools to include balance assessments, helping to identify scoliosis with precision and speed.

When it comes to treatment, the philosophy here leans towards starting with the least invasive options. Chiropractic care, backed by research, has shown promise in the management of scoliosis. Our team is trained and ready to assess your overall health, considering factors like nutrition, past injuries, or the physical demands of your job that may contribute to the condition. Following a thorough health evaluation, targeted spinal adjustments are employed to address the misalignments contributing to the scoliosis.

Our goal at Chiropractic Physician Center of Tupelo is not just to alleviate your discomfort but to restore your active, pain-free lifestyle through effective, natural treatment strategies.

If scoliosis is a concern for you, let our dedicated team help guide your spine back to health.

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