Scoliosis Specialist

Renova Medical Center -  - Integrated Medical Center

Renova Medical Center

Integrated Medical Center located in Columbia, MO

Scoliosis, or curved spine, is a frustrating condition to deal with since it progresses over time. At Renova Medical Center we have considerable experience helping patients of all ages mitigate the negative impact of scoliosis on their lives. Through care that addresses overall spinal health, we help patients in Springfield, Missouri, function better and live pain-free. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Scoliosis Q & A

Renova Medical Center

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that affects both children and adults. There’s no known cause of scoliosis, but genetics are believed to play a role. The severity of scoliosis is determined by the degree to which your spine curves:

  • Less than 25 degrees: mild
  • 25-40 degrees: moderate
  • Over 40 degrees: severe

Scoliosis is progressive, especially in children, as the curvature worsens over time. Thankfully, 90% of scoliosis cases are mild, making any curvature higher than that fairly uncommon.

What are the symptoms of scoliosis?

Scoliosis often goes undetected during its early stages. As the condition progresses, the following symptoms are good indicators of its presence:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven waist
  • Uneven hips

If your scoliosis progresses and becomes severe, complications may arise, including:

  • Difficulty with mobility
  • Back pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cardiovascular problems

These complications are rare since only 10% of scoliosis cases are considered severe.

How can chiropractic care help scoliosis?

There’s no cure for scoliosis, but we can provide several treatments that promote your spinal health, helping you to avoid complications from the condition.

The most important tool in Renova Medical Center’s arsenal is our X-ray tool. Through imaging, we can diagnose the extent of your scoliosis and mark progress and improvement in your spine’s alignment. By overlaying the X-rays with images of a normal spine, we zeroe in on your problem areas and targets treatment. This method is called image-based mirroring, and it provides us with a diagram to improve your spinal health.

Once we pinpoints the problem areas, he sets to work to manipulate your spine gently and correct any misalignments. These adjustments allow you to function and heal better because they open up blocked systems in your body.

We also recommends valuable at-home care and exercises to help with your alignment, which encompasses not only your spine but all of the supporting tissue surrounding it. By ensuring that all of your systems are working toward better alignment, Renova Medical Center can make a positive impact on your overall health.

To learn more about scoliosis care, call or book an appointment online.