Five to seven million people in America are affected by scoliosis.

Over half a million visits are made annually to doctors’ offices for evaluation and treatment of scoliosis. It can begin at any age, but for the most part it starts in adolescents, between ages 10 to 15. Girls are more commonly affected than boys. Scoliosis is easily detected so be sure to have the proper tests done to catch it early. Scoliosis in children can increase rapidly during their growth spurts. However, chiropractic care of scoliosis is most affective while children are young. This is because the children’s bodies are still growing and are more susceptible to chiropractic intervention.

When a lateral (sideways) curvature develops in the spine, and it is greater than 10 degrees, it is classified as scoliosis.

In the majority of cases, the cause of scoliosis is not known. For less than 20 percent of cases, scoliosis is associated with trauma, tumors, neurological disorders, improper posture, muscle spasms, or unequal length of one’s legs.

Scoliosis can result in limited activity, pain, or difficulty breathing. It can interfere with proper cardiac functions.

Binder Family Chiropractic addresses scoliosis with treatments that include spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercise, individualized exercise routines, and neuromuscular re-education therapy. These techniques have all been widely used to treat scoliosis.

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