Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is a common problem that can cause people to experience aches and pains, uneven hips and/or shoulders, difficulty breathing and a variety of other problems. The severity of scoliosis can range from mild to severe. It generally occurs in children during a growth spurt, but can also be caused by birth defects, tumors, infections or injuries to the spine and diseases such as Cerebral Palsy. Some experts suggest a possible hereditary link.
AHC has a variety of ways to treat scoliosis, including:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage and other muscle relaxing therapies
- Physical therapy
- Braces and durable medical equipment
- Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Treatment is recommended even when scoliosis is mild to minimize the need for surgery in the future.
Severe cases need monitoring and treatment since scoliosis can cause heart and lung damage.
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