Scoliosis

Scoliosis Treatment Specialist in Claymont, DE

Total Wellness Medical Centre can diagnose and treat scoliosis non-invasively.  We are conveniently located at 1400 Society Drive Suite# 1404 Claymont, DE 19703. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.

Scoliosis Treatment Specialist Near Me in Claymont, DE
Scoliosis Treatment Specialist Near Me in Claymont, DE

Table of Contents:

What is scoliosis?
What happens if scoliosis is not treated?
Can scoliosis be corrected?

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition where the spine becomes curved sideways and occurs most often during an important part of a child’s life, which is the growth spurt they hit just before puberty. Scoliosis can occur due to many different conditions including muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, the main cause of scoliosis problems is still unknown at this time.
 
Many cases that we see at our clinic for scoliosis are mild in comparison to what can occur with scoliosis; however, some spine deformities can continue to become more severe as the children keep growing. Severe problems with scoliosis can cause an individual to become disabled. Particularly when an individual is dealing with a severe spinal curve which can reduce the amount of space that is available within the chest, which can make it very difficult for the lungs to function correctly.

What happens if scoliosis is not treated?

Scoliosis is diagnosed through health screenings which are provided through the schools, annual well-child checkups with your primary care doctor or pediatrician, or when a parent or loved one begins to notice a hump in the back. Usually, a family physician will order x-rays for the individual to confirm the diagnosis.
 
If you are at a point where the hump is becoming noticeable, the curvature in the spine then has reached approximately 20 to 30 degrees.
 
If scoliosis is left untreated, it can begin to worsen and serve long-term emotional and physical complications. Severe forms of scoliosis can showcase a curvature that exceeds the 50-degree angle, which then begins to cause the spin to rotate, which will lead to decreased lung capacity and heart issues.
 
Other issues that may develop if scoliosis is left untreated include spondylosis which is an arthritic condition where the spinal cartilage begins to thin, the joints become inflamed, and then bone spurs may begin to develop.
 
Not only can those conditions occur, but significant emotional changes will occur, particularly within young children and young adults. This is due in part to the treatment process if they have severe scoliosis, which includes braces and surgeries which will often lead to social isolation and physical pain.

Can scoliosis be corrected? 

In scoliosis cases that are considered moderate to severe, scoliosis can be corrected through the use of bracing and/or chiropractic care. Some curvatures in the spine may be more severe than others, and if you suspect scoliosis, you should contact your integrative care physician for diagnosis including any ultrasounds and x-rays that may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis.

We serve patients from Wilmington DE, Claymont DE, New Castle DE, Greenville DE, Centerville DE, Elsmere DE, Hockessin DE, Chadds Ford PA, Garnet Valley PA, and Kennett Square PA.