Scoliosis

Blackwell Chiropractic

Graham Robson, DC

Chiropractor located in Park Cities, Dallas, TX

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal problem in which the spine curves to one side. This unnatural curvature can cause pain and mobility problems. Graham Robson, DC, of Blackwell Chiropractic serving the Park Cities and University Park neighborhoods of Dallas, is an expert at diagnosing and treating men, women, and children with scoliosis. If you want treatment for scoliosis, just come on into the practice. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves to one side instead of following an even path up the back. To be diagnosed with scoliosis, this curve has to exceed 10 degrees from the natural spinal position.

Congenital scoliosis develops when a baby’s vertebrae don’t form correctly in the womb. This curvature may be detected before or at birth, and some children can go undiagnosed until they’re in their teens.

Degenerative scoliosis develops in older men and women when discs and vertebrae start to wear with age, affecting mainly the lower back.

What causes scoliosis?

Scoliosis isn’t caused by poor posture or childhood injuries as is often believed. In many cases, scoliosis doesn't have an apparent cause, but two types of scoliosis — nonstructural scoliosis and structural scoliosis — do have recognized causes.

Nonstructural Scoliosis

Nonstructural scoliosis means that although the spine looks curved, it functions as normal. This form of scoliosis can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Inflammation
  • Legs of different lengths

Successfully treating the condition causing nonstructural scoliosis can make the faulty curvature disappear.

Structural Scoliosis

In the case of structural scoliosis, there's no cure as the spine curvature is irreversible. Causes can include:

  • Congenital disabilities
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Infections
  • Tumors

If anyone in your family has scoliosis, your chances of getting it or passing it to your children increases. Furthermore, if one of your children has the condition, you should make sure your other children are checked regularly.

How can chiropractic therapy help with scoliosis?

Chiropractic therapy is a highly effective form of treatment for scoliosis, and studies show that chiropractic therapy can help ease pain and disability significantly. It can even help reduce the severity of the curvature.

Using chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Graham can improve the function and mobility in men, women, and children who have scoliosis with a range of 40 degrees outside normal and under. Besides improving function and mobility, treatment can improve posture and reduce pain and stiffness.

If you or your child has scoliosis, come on into Blackwell Chiropractic. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.