Northstar Integrated Health

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a three-dimensional twisting & curving of the spine. There are two types of scoliosis: congenital, meaning you are born with it, & acquired, meaning you develop it through maladaptive postures & with repetitive stress to various areas of the spine. Our office can treat both types of scoliosis, most of the time, it is easier to treat acquired because we are not fighting genetics to fix the curves. Most of the treatment revolves around active physical therapy stretches, range of motion activities & manual manipulation of the twists & curves to make your spine straighter. Your doctor will take x-rays of your back, & once the curves are measured, treatment can begin & be measured for progress. Acupuncture can be used to calm spastic muscles & medications can be prescribed if natural methods do not fully relieve symptoms. Specialized bracing — to be used at home — is available for some cases, especially if the degree of curvature is over 10 degrees. These specialized supports can slowly reformat the small, intrinsic spinal muscles that are pulling, thereby restoring the curve over time increasingly toward being straight.
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