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Scoliosis is a complex condition that affects as many as 7 million people in the United States alone. The condition refers to a curvature in the spinal column. In most cases, this is a lateral curve from side to side that can occur in various parts of the spine, but this condition affects more than just the spinal column.
What Is Scoliosis?
It is important to realize that scoliosis is not a disease, but rather a medical term that is used to describe any type of abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can refer to a spine that is shaped like the letter C, a backwards letter C or the letter S.
In children, the most common type of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis, or scoliosis with no known cause. In adults, degenerative scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine which occurs as the result of degeneration of the facet joints, is most common.
While the exact cause of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown, it is important to note that it is not caused by activities like sports, exercise or carrying or lifting heavy objects. Scoliosis also does not occur as the result of sleeping in the wrong position or minor differences in the length of the legs.
In children and young adults, the degree of spinal curve is known to worsen as the spine continues to grow. Degenerative, or adult-onset, scoliosis also tends to worsen over time, so early treatment is advised.
Denver Scoliosis Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no one magic treatment for scoliosis. In order to successfully treat this often debilitating condition, it is necessary to customize the treatment based upon the specific needs of each individual treatment. At Denver Physical Medicine & Rehab, our team of chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical professionals allow us to develop fully customized Denver scoliosis treatment plans.
If you are suffering from scoliosis in Denver, don’t wait for the condition to get worse. Call Denver Physical Medicine & Rehab today at 303-757-7280 to schedule your free initial consultation.