What do you know about scoliosis? Did you know that about 3 million new cases of the condition are diagnosed in the United States each year? Learn the facts and about scoliosis to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of the condition.
Scoliosis can affect all ages and groups of people
Scoliosis is a progressive disease causing curvature of the spine. It can affect people of all ages; not only children and adolescents, but also adults. The most common type (idiopathic) is caused by unknown factors and commonly strikes children between the ages 10 to 12 and in their early teens. The average age of curve acceleration is 11.7 years of age reports the National Institutes of Health.
Scoliosis is generally painless
Scoliosis often goes undetected in adolescents because it doesn’t typically generate any pain. Common signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or hips, but even that may go unnoticed until a routine exam or physical.
Parents can protect the condition from progressing by ensuring their children are receiving regular checkups. Diagnosed and managed early, scoliosis can be treated with much success. Diagnosing scoliosis before your child has a growth spurt can prevent a bigger curve from forming during times of growth by beginning treatment right at the first sign of curvature.
Braces and surgery are not the only treatment recourse
Scoliosis affects the spine at varying degrees. People with slighter curves benefit from regular visits to their doctor for check-ups and natural treatments. Others can be treated with a natural treatment protocol.
A small number of people who have scoliosis will require braces or surgery. Research indicates that about 30 percent require bracing, and an even smaller percent — about 10 percent require surgery.
Spine Correction Center of the Rockies offers two scoliosis treatment protocols, which we tailor to your individual needs: Standard Treatment and Intensive Treatment.
The treatment plans have the same goal—to stabilize and reduce your scoliosis naturally—with the main difference being the length of time spent in treatment.
It is important to note that scoliosis is a neuromusculoskeletal condition. We address each of these components in our standard and intensive treatment protocols.
Scoliosis has no known cause
A common question from parents upon discovering that their child has scoliosis is “could we have done anything to prevent it?” Some parents worry about heavy backpacks, sports or other exertions being the cause. Rest assured, parents, there is currently no known cause or prevention method.
Scoliosis by the numbers
To get a better understanding of scoliosis, consider the following facts and figures about the condition:
- The total number of scoliosis cases in the United States is estimated to be greater than 4 million according to the National Scoliosis Foundation.
- Scoliosis affects between 2-3 percent of the population. Among patients with relatives that have scoliosis, about 20 percent develop the condition.
- Scoliosis is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15.
- 80 percent of patients have idiopathic scoliosis, meaning there is no known cause for the condition.
- Curve progression is 10 times more likely to occur in girls.
What Spine Correction of the Rockies offers you
Spine Correction Center of the Rockies is passionate about providing natural, non-invasive solutions to patients diagnosed with scoliosis. We have gone through extensive training and certification to become one of only a few clinics in the United States that operate as a Scoliosis Treatment Center. This classification allows us to treat scoliotic curvatures that vary from 5° to those more severe in the 70- to and 80- degree range.
Our advanced scoliosis protocols utilize vibrational therapy, body weighting systems, neuromuscular re-education, and a host of other equipment including spinal decompression, scoliosis chair, core musculature stimulator and many others. These protocols are producing scoliosis treatment results that no other branch of health care can.
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