Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects about 3% of the population in the United States. This condition can range from mild to severe, and depending on the curvature of your spine, it can cause problems that lead to discomfort and pain. To help minimize the impact of your scoliosis, Michael Bieganski, DC, at Dynamic Chiropractic offers spinal adjustments to encourage a healthy spine. If you’re in San Jose, California, and you’d like to learn more about living with scoliosis, call the office or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.
In its simplest definition, scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. This curvature typically presents itself during a growth spurt just before, or during, puberty.
The curve itself can take on many characteristics, such as a:
In addition to the location of the curve, scoliosis is measured in degrees — anything over 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. It’s usually not until your spine bends more than 20 degrees that it becomes noticeable.
The curvature of the spine isn’t usually a source of pain, but the muscles around your spine can spasm or become strained, which is where the discomfort comes in. This condition can also lead to performance and balance issues.
Unfortunately, most scoliosis is idiopathic, which means its causes are unknown, but some links have been made to genetic factors. For many years, myths have swirled around about how children who carry heavy book bags can develop this condition. However, this simply isn’t the case.
Since the spine is at the heart of chiropractic care, it follows that Dr. Bieganski, DC, can provide relief through spinal adjustments. For adolescents who are still growing, these adjustments can help set the spine on the right path, freeing up healing resources to get in and help prevent further curvature, which promotes the health of the supporting soft tissue.
Before treating each patient, Dr. Bieganski, DC, performs an exhaustive evaluation using advanced imagery to understand what he’s working with and to track the development of scoliosis. Armed with these diagnostic tools, Dr. Bieganski, DC, can tailor a specific treatment plan for each of his patients.
If you or a loved one has scoliosis, call Dynamic Chiropractic to see how spinal adjustments and a holistic approach can help you find relief. Alternatively, you can use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment at your convenience.