What you may not know about scoliosis!

December 04, 2014

2 min read

Did you know this about scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a common condition that we treat at The Center for Total Back Care. Our goal is to decrease pain and increase spinal stability with people affected by this condition. Here are some things you may not know about scoliosis.

  1. Scoliosis affects about 3% of the population. You may have scoliosis and not be aware of it!
  2. Women are more likely to have scoliosis than men.
  3. Scoliosis often doesn’t require surgery and can be treated by a physical therapist or chiropractor that specializes in spinal conditions
  4. The position and spine curve size doesn’t determine the severity of the condition. Often people with the most severe spinal curvatures may experience little or no symptoms, while people with mild scoliosis may have very pronounced symptoms.
  5. There are 2 types of scoliosis. One is degenerative scoliosis and the other is idiopathic scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis usually occurs as one ages and progresses based on normal wear and tear. Idiopathic scoliosis develops at an earlier age and can get progressively worse as one ages.
  6. Smoking can contribute to scoliosis progression. Recent studies suggest that smoking has a very negative impact on the spine by increasing the rate of disc degeneration.
  7. Keep exercising. It is important to maintain a proper exercise and core stabilization program to improve symptoms and potentially reduce the degeneration of the spine related to scoliosis. Make sure you consult with a spine care specialist before you start exercising.

The Center for Total Back Care specializes in the treatment of many spinal conditions including scoliosis. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you treat scoliosis!

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