“I’m really struggling with walking,” You think to yourself. “I wonder if I should see a doctor?”
If you’re struggling with pain when walking or are starting to notice that you’re experiencing difficulty while walking, then it’s time to explore the possibility of having scoliosis. To help you understand what scoliosis is, this article will provide you with some of the key information you should know about this condition. It will also help you figure out what you should do if you suspect that you have scoliosis.
Please note that the information we provide in this article shouldn’t be used in place of professional advice. Please see a chiropractor like those found at Elevate Wellness in order to know if scoliosis is the real issue behind the pain that you’re experiencing.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is when the spine is curved. This curving on the spine happens before puberty occurs. Once the curvature occurs, it usually becomes an issue later on in life. The severe scoliosis ranges from mild to severe cases. Severe cases usually involve some type of surgery so that the spine can be made straighter. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2-3% of people in the United States have scoliosis. That’s about six to nine million Americans.
Symptoms of Scoliosis
Signs of Scoliosis range from mild discomfort to extreme pain. Here are signs to keep an eye out for:
- You experience difficulty walking. Scoliosis can make walking difficult because of issues due to posture. Lack of correct posture adds to difficulties with walking.
- You’re experiencing fatigue.
- You’re feeling a lot of pain and body aches
- You’re struggling with loss of height. When you’re posture changes due to a curved spine, you experience a loss of height
- Your clothes don’t fit well anymore.
These are just some of the issues associated with scoliosis. There are many other signs to keep an eye out for.
Treating Scoliosis in 2 Ways With A Chiropractor
With the help of a chiropractor, you can treat scoliosis. Here are 2 ways that a chiropractor can help you with this condition.
1. A chiropractor can help you with noninvasive methods
In severe cases of scoliosis, an individual is told that they will need to have a surgery where a pulley is placed in their back. This pulley helps straighten out your back. For individuals who don’t want this invasive method, a chiropractor can do a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments help with spinal misalignment (spinal misalignments are a sign of scoliosis). For mild cases of scoliosis where medication is seen as a solution to chronic pain, a chiropractor can try methods that have less side effects. That’s because medications have side effects. But with a chiropractor, you can try different exercises and even massage therapy to help you with your condition.
2. A chiropractor can help you learn techniques you can use on your own
A lot of times, learning techniques to manage scoliosis on your own can help you with this condition. That is, rather than waiting for medications or other methods to help you, a chiropractor can teach you techniques that you can use on your own. The techniques that your chiropractor teaches you will range from simple to complex exercises. Additionally, a chiropractor will go over lifestyle changes that can help you manage your condition.
Elevate Wellness–Chiropractic Care Taken To Another Level
At Elevate Wellness, we can help you with scoliosis and many other conditions. Reach out to us at 801-214-0454 or here. We can help you in a variety of ways–from chiropractic adjustments to massage therapy to lifestyle changes. We look forward to hearing from you!