Scoliosis | SF:  The spine naturally curves from front to back which helps it absorb compressive types of force.  Sometimes the spine also curves in other directions, side to side or along a rotational path, which affects its bio-mechanics.  We call this scoliosis.  Scoliosis is often not diagnosed and often causes no problems.  However, sometimes it contributes to back pain, headaches, and early onset degeneration.  Dr. Smith treats the pain and muscle tightness associated with scoliosis in SF.

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San Francisco | Scoliosis

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Scoliosis | San Francisco

All spines have a normal front to back curvature, this help distribute the body distribute weight evenly. Scoliosis is a sometimes progressive, abnormal sideways curve of the spine. In scoliosis the spine often curves in an “S” or “C” shape from side to side. Scoliosis is often found in the adolescent and teen years.  It more common affects girls, but boys get it as well.

If left untreated, scoliosis often causes no problems.  However, if severe enough scoliosis causes serious medical problems. Pain, stiffness, and sever spinal deformity may result. The spine and rib cage are connected and the abnormal curvature of the spine can change the position of the ribs, thereby putting pressure on nearby organs. Health risks from severe curvature include neurological problems from pressure on nerves, arthritis and even lung and heart problems.

Physical Signs of Scoliosis | SF

  • One shoulder higher than the other
  • One hip higher than the other
  • One leg longer than the other
  • One shoulder blade sticking out further than the other one
  • Uneven rib prominence when lying down.

Treating Scoliosis | SF

A Chiropractor can diagnose scoliosis and is specially trained to treat the problems of the spine. They are able to accurately determine the extent of the condition. X-rays may be used to determine the rotation and direction of the curve.

Your chiropractor’s goal is to detect scoliosis while the child is still young. If started on a program of exercise and chiropractic therapy program early enough, it is possible to slow, stop or even reverse the progress of the spinal curvature.  It is not uncommon for adults to develop a physiological scoliosis from prolonged uneven stress on the body.  An example of this type of stress is carrying a child on one hip.

Medical management of scoliosis often involves a ‘wait and see’ approach. Although this may work for slow progressing cases, others may progress rapidly creating significant spinal deformity. When the problem becomes severe enough, braces or surgery may be necessary.

The chiropractic approach is to use specific spinal adjustments along with a program of corrective exercises and sports massage to address tightness, pain, and muscle spasms. Chiropractors return the vertebrae to a more normal position.  With careful monitoring, regular treatment and exercise the spinal deformity of scoliosis can be minimized and invasive procedures can be avoided.