Scoliosis Treatment in Omaha
Scoliosis occurs when there is an irregular curvature in the spine. This condition is well-known, appearing in several discussions regarding pain and health. According to Cleveland University-Kansas City (2019), around 3% of people nationwide have some form of scoliosis; of those cases, 90% of them do NOT require surgery. Pain from scoliosis, however, can become severe, and it can greatly affect the body.
Our team at Diamond Chiropractic is exceptional when it comes to scoliosis. Regardless of whether you have had this condition for a while and it’s getting worse (known as chronic pain), or it just appeared today (known as acute pain), our chiropractor in Omaha has the answer and treatment for you.
What is Scoliosis
As mentioned before, scoliosis is an abnormal, sideways curvature in the spine; in some cases, there is more than one. This will result in the spine becoming S-shaped or C-shaped, easily seen from the front or back view of a person’s body. Along with visibly uneven shoulders, waist and/or hips, patients suffering from scoliosis may have noticeable rib humps or protrusion.
Most cases concerning scoliosis appear during the growth spurt just before puberty. While the body continues to mature, there is the potential for any deformities, curvatures, etc. This condition affects both children and adults, though it is more prevalent for young girls between 10 to 15 years of age. Some adults have had scoliosis since their adolescent years; others can develop scoliosis as they grow older.
Along with uneven shoulders and hips, patients with scoliosis may feel their body shape is abnormal, or disproportionate. Not only will there be a reduction in a person’s height, but they can also have trouble maintaining balance. If the condition progresses, without proper medical attention, patients can experience many other health problems, such as spinal osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and even nerve malfunction to vital muscles and organs. Even in young children.
Types/Causes of Scoliosis
Despite having multiple types of scoliosis, there is no universal cause behind this condition. Dr. Clayton Stitzel, a leading scoliosis specialist in Pennsylvania, and one of the most well-known experts on the condition, clarifies that along with determining the underlying cause in certain types, factors such as speed and mechanism of progression, and the age of onset play a role (2017).
Stitzel mentions the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the following categories they have for classifying each type:
- Idiopathic. This category consists of scoliosis cases that have an unknown cause, or that there may be multiple factors contributing to its development. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type, affecting approximately 4 out of 100 children (ages 10-18), and has many probable causes.
- Congenital. Scoliosis cases that fall into this category are caused by a spinal defect, which may be present at birth, and is easy to detect early in life. Congenital scoliosis is less common than idiopathic, affecting every 1 in 10,000 newborns.
- Neuromuscular. While neuromuscular scoliosis can be a type of idiopathic scoliosis, this develops after certain of the muscular system, the spinal cord and the brain; examples include muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Scheuermann’s kyphosis (a forward rounding of the cervical and thoracic spine) and syndromic scoliosis (a condition developing second to a syndrome or dystrophy) fall into this category.
Several other causes to keep in mind are any injuries or infections that affect the spine. Overall, scoliosis can come in various forms, and it can be dependent on a variety of conditions. In addition, this can make it rather difficult to determine the exact cause, along with the best methods to proceed.
Who is affected?
Now, you are probably wondering who would be affected the most by scoliosis. The answer, again, varies.
Age can be a factor, especially for children with scoliosis. Family history is another one as scoliosis can be passed down from parent to child. Today, though, there are more adults starting to develop this condition.
Another well-known fact is a patient’s gender. Young girls are about ten times more likely to develop scoliosis than boys, although it can appear in both genders. Girls who have scoliosis are at risk for the condition to worsen over time, too. While there is information on the internet, providing possible theories and reasonings, there is no concrete proof to explain why girls are more affected than boys.
How severe is it?
If untreated, scoliosis can lead to major health issues. Those suffering from scoliosis can feel very limited in what they could do, making life feel very depressing. With their body shape out of proportion, a person could have difficulty breathing, be unbalanced, and have back pain. The mobility in their back diminishes, and pain can radiate from other parts of their body.
Some people start considering undergoing a spinal surgery, to try preventing further pain; instead, they could experience more pain and other complications. If surgery is required, the most common type is a spinal fusion. Surgeons will connect two or more vertebrae bones together; these bones won’t be able to move independently afterwards. Other material such as pieces of bone, metal rods and screws will be used in the procedure to help keep the spine in line.
Scoliosis can damage a person’s self-esteem as well. Especially for young girls. Since scoliosis starts developing just before puberty, teens, particularly girls, may feel even more self-conscious of themselves, of what is going on with their bodies. This can lead to wearing braces underneath the clothing and throughout the day and night. With many physical, emotional and social changes happening at once, along with being diagnosed with scoliosis, in general, any teen can feel insecure, angry, and even afraid.
At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of your scoliosis. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible re-occurrences.
Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion, as well as alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. Symptoms resulting from scoliosis, and any nerves in the affected area(s), may begin to decrease as well.
Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile. This type of treatment is effective with alleviating pain from scoliosis.
Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with shoulder pain, and with its symptoms. Patients will notice, after several treatments, the pain in their neck, back, and shoulder(s) begin to decrease. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.
With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same applies to handling scoliosis. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. We focus on healing and relief from scoliosis, not aggravating it further.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Scoliosis
To get started with chiropractic care for your scoliosis, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today. When it comes to pain from scoliosis, get relief NOW & FAST.
What Do Chiropractors Do… for Scoliosis? (2019, June 13). Cleveland University-Kansas City Chiropractic and Health Science. Retrieved March 10, 2020, from https://www.cleveland.edu/blog-post/~post/what-do-chiropractors-dofor-scoliosis-20190613/
Stitzel, C.J. (2017, November 15). 7 Types of Scoliosis & Their Differences. ScoliSMART Clincs. https://www.treatingscoliosis.com/blog/scoliosis-types-differences/