Do You Have Scoliosis?

Scoliosis affects numerous individuals in Eden Prairie, often starting as a minor bend in the spine that gradually progresses.

In order for scoliosis to be diagnosed, there must be a minimum sideways curve of the spine measuring at least 60 degrees. Once the spine reaches this stage, it can lead to severe health consequences. However, early detection and proper care can prevent its advancement over time. We rexplore how chiropractic care can play a role in managing scoliosis.

Causes Of Scoliosis

While the exact cause of scoliosis remains uncertain, studies indicate that it is more prevalent among young adolescent females. Often, a minor bend in the spine begins with the misalignment of a single vertebra. Over time, the body compensates for this abnormality, resulting in “S” and “C” shaped curves of the spine. Parents and children may first notice the presence of scoliosis due to shoulder and pelvic unevenness. Unlike other spinal conditions, scoliosis cannot be reversed through changes in posture.

Although scoliosis primarily affects younger individuals, it can also develop in older adults, particularly due to degenerative disorders like osteoporosis. As bone shape changes with age, the body may produce lateral curves in the spine to maintain head alignment. Failure to address the underlying cause of these bends can lead to serious consequences, including heart and lung problems.

While X-ray examinations are the most effective method for detecting scoliosis, various orthopedic tests like the Adams position test can aid in diagnosis. At Zen Chiropractic, our chiropractors assess shoulder and hip alignment and check for leg length discrepancies, which can provide insight into scoliosis development. With extensive experience, our doctors are skilled at identifying scoliosis by evaluating spinal range of motion.

Scoliosis at Zen Chiropractic

When addressing any condition, it’s advisable to prioritize the most conservative treatment approach initially. Numerous research studies have highlighted the effectiveness of chiropractic care in halting the progression of scoliosis and, in many cases, even reversing the condition. Our team at Zen Chiropractic is well-equipped with the expertise and resources necessary to provide you with tailored care, thereby reducing the need for invasive and aggressive treatments. To achieve this, our office conducts a comprehensive health history assessment to identify any underlying factors contributing to the presence of scoliosis. Often, occupational factors, lifestyle habits, previous traumas, and recreational activities play a role in the condition’s development.

Following this assessment, our chiropractors implement specific spinal adjustments to address the body’s compensations and facilitate the restoration process. If you have any inquiries regarding scoliosis or chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to contact Zen Chiropractic in Eden Prairie, MN to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We’re here to support you on your journey to optimal spinal health.


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