Between five and seven million Americans are affected by scoliosis. Considering the number of back conditions that exist, scoliosis is the most devastating considering its lasting effects dedicated to postural impairments, pain, and mobility. Fortunately, our Atlanta Orthopedic Specialists can provide long-lasting relief for patients who are affected by scoliosis.
Scoliosis refers to an unnatural curvature of the spine. Most patients’ spines are vertical and straight, while those with scoliosis suffer from a sideways curvature that impacts their mobility, posture, and flexibility. Scoliosis has the potential to develop anywhere within the spine but often exists near the chest area and in the lower region of the back. Despite the length of this condition’s existence, the causes of scoliosis are still largely unknown although neurological diseases, blunt trauma, and tumors are responsible for approximately 20% of all cases.
Another interesting quality of scoliosis is how it affects women twice as much as men, as well as the fact that it’s primarily found once someone turns 10 years old. People who develop scoliosis during their life are at a higher risk of passing the condition to their children.
Types of Scoliosis Treated By Our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors
There are five unique types of scoliosis that are treated by our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors. These types include:
- Idiopathic Curve – no real cause of the spinal curve
- Congenital Curve – the spinal curve was present at birth
- Paralytic Curve – resulting from a spinal curve injury
- Myopathic Deformity – the muscles do not work properly to support the spine
- Secondary – other conditions such as osteoporosis or osteomalacia cause the curvature
How AICA Orthopedics Doctors Treat Scoliosis
The approach our Orthopedic Doctors often take when addressing scoliosis is to identify and loosen joints that are immobile. Deep tissue massage, controlled stretches, and stabilization exercises are effective at repositioning joints in ways that extend their flexibility and allow them to remain active. Chiropractic adjustments are also useful for restoring flexibility to the spine, removing subluxations, and correcting postural impairments.
If you or your child suffers from scoliosis, contact AICA Orthopedics right away to schedule an examination. We can help you and your loved ones lead an active life through ongoing treatment that is customized to address your specific health needs. Contact or call our office at (404) 855-2141 to schedule an appointment.