What are My Treatment Options for Adult Onset Scoliosis?

What are My Treatment Options for Adult Onset Scoliosis?

Curvature of the spine, more commonly known as scoliosis, is a condition you may automatically connect to childhood diseases. But, did you know there’s a type of scoliosis that affects adults?

In this blog, John Hunt, DC, of Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora in Glendora, California, provides an overview of adult onset scoliosis and discusses how the condition can best be treated to maximize spine health. 

Adult onset scoliosis explained

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves from side to side, taking on an S-shape. When it occurs in children, the spine grows and develops into this shape. With adults, it’s not due to the development of the spine, but, rather, the breaking down of it.

Adult onset scoliosis, also called degenerative scoliosis, is typically localized in the lower back or lumbar spine region. And, for the most part, it develops in people aged 65 and older. Adult onset scoliosis occurs due to a breakdown or degeneration of the small joints that connect each vertebra to the one below it and above it.

These joints, often referred to as facet joints, act as a cushion to allow you to comfortably move and bend. As you age, these joints can wear down, removing the cushioning and stabilizing characteristics, resulting in back pain. Typically, people who experience adult onset scoliosis also suffer from other spine issues, such as spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal), which can cause pinched spinal nerves.

Treating adult onset scoliosis 

The goals of treating adult onset scoliosis are to address back pain and maximize mobility. At Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, we aim to accomplish these goals by using a multidisciplinary approach, which can include corrective chiropractic care, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), functional exercise, and massage therapy.

Corrective chiropractic care

Corrective chiropractic care employs manual manipulations and other techniques to help treat spinal imbalances. This type of care can help improve mobility, relieve discomfort, strengthen weak areas, and enhance overall wellness.

Chiropractic BioPhysics

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is an advanced corrective chiropractic care technique that is based on the premise that a healthy, balanced spine has a standard geometric shape and curvature. Like most areas of specialty, practitioners, such as Dr. Hunt, must receive additional training to perform CBP.

When a patient experiences injury, trauma, or has a certain condition, such as degenerative scoliosis, spinal alignment and posture can be thrown off-balance. With CBP, spinal alignment and postural adjustments are monitored and confirmed through X-rays. In addition to corrective adjustments, CBP practitioners may also use techniques, such as traction and mirror imaging, to help correct spinal imbalances.

Functional exercise

Another therapeutic treatment option for adult onset scoliosis is functional exercise. Functional exercise is similar to physical therapy in that it helps restore range of motion, but its focus is much narrower.

Functional exercise helps you get back to doing all those tasks you do throughout the day by focusing on the actual movements required, such as lunging, squatting, bending, pushing, and pulling.

Massage therapy

Another therapeutic option that works well in coordination with other scoliosis treatment options is massage therapy. Massage therapists, such as our own Kimi Hunt, LMT, are specially trained and certified to perform soft and deep tissue manipulations to help reduce pain, increase joint mobility, and relax muscles. 

Unlike a massage you can get at your local health spa, massage therapy is much more of a medical treatment with longer-term benefits. Furthermore, massage therapy can enhance the effectiveness of the other therapies you undergo as part of your treatment plan.

If you have adult onset scoliosis or other back issues, we can help. To learn, call 626-219-0567 to book an appointment with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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