Scoliosis Treatment in Frederick, MD
Whether your scoliosis causes pain and difficulty moving or it’s just a minor nuisance, finding the right treatment regimen is important to your overall health.
There is a safe, non-invasive option that can help your condition.
At Lipinski Chiropractic, we are experienced working with scoliosis patients, helping relieve pain and discomfort without surgery or braces. We offer safe, effective treatment at our office in Frederick, Maryland.
What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, most often occurring during the growth spurt just before puberty.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some spine deformities do get more severe as children grow. Severe cases of scoliosis can be disabling. A severe spinal curve also can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for proper lung function.
Causes of Scoliosis
While there are no specific causes of the most common types of scoliosis, it does appear to run in families.
Less common types of scoliosis may be caused by:
- Neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
- Birth defects that affect the development of the bones of the spine
- Injuries or infections of the spine
Risk Factors for Scoliosis
Some risk factors for the most common type of scoliosis include:
- Age: The signs and symptoms of scoliosis tend to begin during the growth spurt that occurs just before puberty.
- Sex: While both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls are more likely to have a higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment.
- Family history: Scoliosis can run in families, but most children with the condition have no family history.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Some common symptoms of scoliosis include:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade appearing more prominently than the other
- Uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
In more severe cases of scoliosis, the spine can also rotate or twist in addition to curving to one side. This causes the ribs of one side to stick out farther than the other.
Common Scoliosis Treatments
In most cases of scoliosis, the spine’s curve is mild and does not require any treatment. However, children with mild scoliosis do require regular checkups to see if there are any changes to the spine’s curvature.
Some common scoliosis treatments include:
For children whose bones are still growing and who have moderate scoliosis, a brace is often recommended.
While a brace won’t cure scoliosis or reverse the curve, it can prevent any further progression of the curve.
The most common type of brace is made of plastic and contoured to fit a child’s body. It is almost invisible under clothing and fits under the arms and around the rib cage, lower back, and hips.
The effectiveness of a brace increases with the number of hours a day the brace is worn, so most braces are worn day and night. A brace can be removed to allow a child to participate in sports or other physical activities, if necessary.
Braces are discontinued after a child’s bones stop growing. This usually occurs:
- About two years after girls begin to menstruate
- When boys need to shave daily
- When there are no further changes in height
Severe scoliosis often progresses with time, and a doctor may recommend surgery to decrease the severity of the spinal curve and to prevent it from getting worse. The most common type of surgery for scoliosis is spinal fusion.
In spinal fusion, the surgeon connects two or more of the spine’s vertebrae so they cannot move independently. Pieces of bone or bonelike material are placed between the vertebrae, and metal rods, hooks, screws, or wires hold that part of the spine straight and still while old and new bone material fuses together.
How Chiropractic Can Help with Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition of the spine and, as chiropractic deals with adjusting the spine, the practice is uniquely suited to help ease the pain and discomfort that comes with scoliosis.
During your first appointment with Lipinski Chiropractic, Dr. Lipinski will discuss with you and your child the signs and symptoms they’re experiencing and any other medical conditions. He then builds an individual treatment plan to help relieve the symptoms of their scoliosis and help them feel better fast.
While they may notice relief after their first adjustment, it may take a few sessions to notice any real change.
Scoliosis Treatment at Lipinski Chiropractic in Frederick, MD
Get your child the scoliosis relief they deserve! Call Lipinski Chiropractic for an appointment today!