Experts in Management and Prevention of Progressive Adult Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition where there is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, but it is not in itself a disease or a diagnostic condition. The curvature of the spine due to scoliosis is from side to side and most commonly develops as a single curve (like a “C”) or as two curves (like an “S”). Scoliosis most commonly develops in the thoracic spine (upper back) or the region between the upper back and lower back. It may also occur just in the lumbar spine (lower back).
The doctors at Core Concepts are well trained and are equipped with the experience and knowledge to help you manage your scoliosis. Research has proven that some of the modalities that Core Concepts provides including spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercises, and electrical muscle stimulation have been effective in preventing the progression of adult scoliosis and increasing the strength of spinal muscles.
Most Common Causes of Scoliosis
Scoliosis may be caused by congenital, developmental or degenerative abnormalities, but the majority of cases of scoliosis actually have no known cause. This is referred to as Idiopathic Scoliosis. While there are several types of scoliosis, the most common ones include:
- Congenital scoliosis. This type is a relatively uncommon form of congenital malformation of the spine. Patients with congenital scoliosis will usually form curvature deformities in their infancy.
- Neuromuscular scoliosis. This may develop when the spine curves to the side from weakness of the spinal muscles or neurologic disorders. This form of scoliosis is particularly common for individuals who cannot walk because of an underlying neuromuscular ailment (such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy).
- Degenerative scoliosis. Scoliosis curves may form later in life, degeneration of the joints of the spine occurs, and creates a bend in the back. This condition is sometimes called adult scoliosis.
- Idiopathic scoliosis. The most common type of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis, which most often forms in adolescents and usually progresses during the teenage to adult growth spurt.