Scoliosis is diagnosed when your spine has an S- or C-shaped sideways curve. At Vitality Medical Center in Tustin, California, Dr. Laila Nayab-Murshidi, DC, and her team can help you manage scoliosis and prevent deterioration of the condition. Call the office directly or book an appointment online today to have your scoliosis evaluated.
What causes scoliosis?
Scoliosis can occur in people with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. While it may have a genetic component, most often the cause of scoliosis is not known. The curvature associated with scoliosis usually develops during the growth spurt prior to puberty but can occur at any age.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some children can develop spine deformities that become more severe as they grow.
What are the symptoms of scoliosis?
In mild cases, scoliosis may only be picked up on an exam. Potential signs of scoliosis include:
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
- Head not seeming centered
- One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
In severe cases of scoliosis, the spine twists or rotates in addition to curving sideways. The ribs on one side of the body then stick out farther than on the other side. In some of these cases, the irregular curve of the spine can lead to trouble breathing because of lung compression.
The team at Vitality Medical Center is trained to diagnose scoliosis and help with management of the condition.
How is scoliosis managed?
A mild case of scoliosis may be managed with monitoring that includes X-rays, which helps tell Dr. Nayab-Murshidi if the curve of your spine is worsening.
In more difficult cases of scoliosis, Dr. Nayab-Murshidi will have you wear a brace to prevent the curve from worsening. The brace is worn temporarily, just until the bones stop growing. The brace will not fix scoliosis but can prevent curving from worsening.
At Vitality Medical Center, the team does everything possible to improve the quality of life for those with scoliosis. Treatment includes:
- Scoliosis massage
- Stretches and exercises
- Scoliosis-specific chiropractic adjustments
Dr. Nayab-Murshidi may recommend a heel lift to correct associated leg discrepancies, and surgery might be required in severe cases of scoliosis to straighten the curve to prevent complications.
If you think you or a loved one may have scoliosis, book an appointment with Dr. Nayab-Murshidi and the team at Vitality Medical Center by calling the office or using the online booking feature.