See how our offices in Arlington Heights, IL, can help you with scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a medical condition related to the spine or its sideways curvature, which usually occurs during the growth spurt kids undergo right before puberty. Close to 3% of adolescents the world over have scoliosis.
The human spine has a natural curve to it. It curves near your shoulder and at your lower back. It, however, should not bend sideways or look like “C” or “S” when viewed through an X-ray or a scan. Generally, any curve in the spine that’s 10 degrees or more is not ideal and likely a case of scoliosis.
Types of Scoliosis
Scoliosis can be categorized based on the patient’s age:
- Infant (0 to 3 years)
- Juvenile (4 to 10 years)
- Adolescent (11 to 18 years)
- Adult (above 18 years)
Scoliosis could also be classified as either non-structural (temporary spinal curvature) or structural (sideways and almost permanent).
Besides the age-based, less scientific classification, scoliosis can be formally categorized based on its cause, development, and other factors. The following are the four major types:
- Idiopathic scoliosis is the kind that has no known cause. The majority of scoliosis cases (more than 80%) are of the idiopathic type, or the doctors are not able to ascertain the cause.
- Congenital scoliosis starts in the womb or when the fetus grows into a baby and develops its back. Issues with the vertebrae or the tiny bones of the baby could cause spine curvature. In other words, the vertebrae may not have appropriately divided or could be incomplete. Doctors usually spot this rare condition right after the child’s birth. But there are instances when the disorder may not be detected at birth or could be discovered only until the baby grows into a teen.
- Neuromuscular scoliosis can be caused by spinal cord-related disorders or an injury to the cylindrical nerve fibers. The condition or the injury usually damages the muscles around the spine, making it difficult for them to correctly support the spine, causing the back to curve in the process.
- Degenerative scoliosis is a condition found in adults. It invariably develops in the individual’s lower back area as the spine’s joints and disks start wearing out with age.
Diagnosis and Impact
Scoliosis is usually diagnosed when a child is seven years or younger. Kids with mild scoliosis are closely monitored using X-rays to look for signs of the curve growing worse. A particularly severe spinal curve could inhibit physical space inside the chest, limiting the lungs’ functionality.
When the curve grows worse, the spine rotates or twists with it, besides curving to one side. This results in the ribs jutting out or appearing skewed toward a particular side.
Scoliosis can be troubling on its own. And if left untreated or if its growth is not curtailed, it could cause further complications, which include:
- Heart and lung damage: In the severe phase, the affected person’s rib cage could press against the heart and lungs, making breathing difficult, and the heart will also not be able to do its job efficiently.
- Back issues: Grownups who suffered from scoliosis as kids are likelier to experience chronic back issues compared to regular people.
- Appearance: Worsening scoliosis could cause physiological changes that are more noticeable. As mentioned above, the affected’s hips and shoulders will be uneven, ribs will jut out, and the trunk and waist could shift sideways. People with scoliosis become a lot more conscious about their appearance and could lose their confidence in the process.
Scoliosis’s impact on a person depends on the severity of the curvature. Mild to moderate curves will not necessarily interfere with the individual’s routine functions and activities. Severe types of scoliosis will, however, present physical limitations.
The Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis
If you lean a bit while standing, scoliosis could be the reason. Besides this visible curve in the back, the following are a few other signs and/or symptoms of the condition:
- Uneven shoulders.
- Uneven waist.
- One of the shoulder blades being more projecting than the other.
- The hip not being at the same plane.
- A rotating spine.
Besides the visual symptoms, the following are things you’re likely to experience with scoliosis:
- Breathing issues caused due to the reduced chest area, making it difficult for the lungs to expand.
- Back pain.
- Numbness and pain in the legs (courtesy of nerve pinching)
- Muscle strain-induced fatigue
These symptoms and signs, however, become apparent only after the disease has reached its maturity.
Mild curves usually develop without the kid or their parent having a clue. That’s because those minor bends do not look the part right away and also cause no pain. At times, friends, teachers, teammates, and sports coaches first detect the issue in the affected kid.
What are the Causes of Scoliosis?
Scoliosis’ causes are not well-established. Muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy could be reasons for the disease’s formation and/or progression, however.
Muscular dystrophy is a grouping of genetic conditions that cause muscle weakness. Cerebral palsy refers to multiple nervous system disorders that affect learning, movement, seeing, hearing, and thinking.
The disease can also be hereditary. But then there are also kids with scoliosis who have no family member affected by the disorder.
Besides the neuromuscular conditions mentioned above, some scoliosis cases could have been caused by:
- Congenital disabilities, such as spina bifida that affect spinal bone development.
- Infections of or injuries to the spine.
Although boys and girls are equally at risk of developing the condition, the female child is at a greater risk of worsening the curve and requiring treatment.
Hawkeye Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis
Scoliosis can be debilitating, especially when it’s mature. When detected early, the condition can be prevented from turning any worse. With its team of expert chiropractors, Hawkeye Chiropractic is set out to do just that – detect scoliosis and stem its growth as early and quickly as possible.
The goal is to negate the need for surgeries or medicines. And even if your condition is at or near maturity, we leave no stone unturned to treat the disease non-invasively. And to achieve the goal, we employ various tools and tests.
Headed by Dr. Drew Voelsch, Hawkeye Chiropractic ensures a complete diagnosis before deciding the later action course. Scoliosis treatment is mostly depended on the condition’s severity or the stage in which it is.
If your scoliosis is in its beginning stages, we may prescribe some simple physical exercises, sparing you a lot of effort and saving you money. If it has crossed the starting stage, the treatment plan will have to be modified accordingly.
Multiple imaging tests are carried out for the diagnosis, including an X-ray, MRI scan, bone scan, and CT scan. Physical exams are carried out first, however, to confirm the need for further diagnosis. The physical exam entails asking the patient to bend over at their waist to see if there’s an apparent spine curve.
Hawkeye Chiropractic’s treatment plan is arrived upon based on the assessment of the condition and also a few other important factors, which include:
- The patient’s age
- The growth stage or finding out whether the person has stopped growing or their growth plates are still open.
- The kind and severity of the curvature
- The scoliosis type
Even if your scoliosis was not detected during childhood and you’ve carried it through into adulthood, we can still work on it. You just need to come to our treatment center to help us help you.
Treatment for Scoliosis in Arlington Heights, IL
Hawkeye Chiropractic has a strong presence in and around Arlington Heights. If you live in the municipality and have scoliosis or know someone suffering from the condition, meet us at 1401 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, for your scoliosis treatment in Arlington Heights, IL.
And because we are located in Arlington Heights, we are only a few miles away from other cities, towns, and villages in the same region, which include:
- Rolling Meadows
- Elk Grove Village
- Des Plaines
- Mt Prospect
- Barrington Hills
- Lake Zurich, etc.
We have had or treated patients from pretty much all regions in the northwest suburb. Our offices are open for new and existing patients during these hours:
- Monday and Friday: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Tuesday: 12:00 PM to 7: 00 PM
- Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
You can always walk in and take a look around our facility.
If you want to meet with any of our doctor(s), kindly book an appointment beforehand so that a care provider is available when you arrive.
Call us at (847) 472-1224. You can even fax us at (847) 472-1193. If there any doubts or queries, feel free to pose them to us during the telephonic conversation. You need not come and meet us in person to ascertain if Hawkeye Chiropractic is right for you.
And do not worry about overwhelming us with your doubts and concerns. We’ll patiently take them all and respond to your complete satisfaction.
Get Relieved from Scoliosis!
Living with scoliosis is not easy, even if it’s relatively benign. As mentioned above, it only grows worse with age, particularly when ignored. Fortunately, Hawkeye Chiropractic can help you in the safest and most effective way possible. The best part is you’ll not have to put up with braces or surgeries. Therefore, get in touch with us before your scoliosis wreaks havoc on your health and confidence.
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