Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. This condition affects about three to five of every 1,000 people, and is most frequently seen in adolescent girls. Fortunately, most cases of scoliosis are minor and only require careful monitoring by a doctor of chiropractic, like Dr. Smith.
Chiropractors undergo in-depth training in spinal health. Therefore, your doctor of chiropractic should be your first line of defense against scoliosis. In most cases of minor scoliosis, chiropractors will closely monitor the curve to ensure it isn’t worsening or causing any other health problems.
For other cases, your chiropractor may recommend a partnership between herself and an orthopedic specialist or other professional, such as a physical therapist. If left untreated, severe scoliosis can cause a variety of problems such as:
- A difference in shoulder height
- Muscular prominence on one side
- Breathing problems
- Heart problems
If you are concerned about scoliosis, make sure to schedule a chiropractic checkup before turning to more aggressive treatment options, that may have adverse effects.
Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Educator