When you look in the mirror, do you notice that one shoulder and one hip is higher than the other? You may have scoliosis and need to see an expert for proper treatment. At West Hudson Chiropractic, Dr. Kerry Escamilla proudly offers compassionate patient care. We have a comprehensive list of chiropractic services to help you achieve optimal health through natural, safe and effective care with a personal touch. We recognize that every patient has a unique medical history, physical condition, lifestyle and goal. As such, our first priority is to listen. We provide a comprehensive clinical evaluation and detailed consultation, utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment – always with the individual’s special needs and concerns in mind. We provide our patients with gentle, effective chiropractic spinal adjustment techniques. In addition, a patient’s treatment may include massage therapy, individual exercise, stretching and strength and conditioning programs, as well as diet and nutritional counseling. For Bergenfield scoliosis, we offer viable treatments, such as SpineCor scoliosis bracing.
Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine in which the straight spine develops a curve when viewed from behind. This curve can be either very subtle or quite severe. Scoliosis most commonly occurs in the thoracic area of the spine, but can also occur in the lumbar back. It is usually noted in the early teens but can present at any age, and it is also much more common in girls than boys. Children are screened by their pediatrician and at school for scoliosis and are referred to a specialist for diagnosis if there is any question as to whether they have the condition. In most teenagers, no cause for the scoliosis is noted and this is called “idiopathic” scoliosis. In adults, the scoliosis may be due to excessive wear and is called “degenerative scoliosis.” At West Hudson Chiropractic, we will carefully evaluate your Bergenfield scoliosis to determine your best treatment options.
Scoliosis in teenagers is usually not associated with pain, and if pain is present further testing is required. Adults do frequently present with pain that may be worse with standing and relieved with rest. A careful physical examination will detect scoliosis in the majority of teenagers and adults, but an x-ray is usually required to determine the severity of the curve. If pain is present, an MRI of the entire spine may be required. The treatment of scoliosis in children and teenagers depends on the age of the patient and the degree of the curvature. Curves less than 10 degrees are not even considered scoliosis and no treatment is required. Moderate curves may require a brace, and more severe curves may need surgery. Dynamic scoliosis bracing is the first and only non-rigid corrective bracing for idiopathic scoliosis. The SpineCor system is manufactured by the SpineCorporation. The brace can be worn unnoticeably under clothes. It improves affected muscle groups and allows the patient to participate in all sports while wearing the brace. The company recommends that children with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis wear it during the peak period of skeletal growth. Most adults are managed with physical therapy and exercise. However, if the curve is severe and painful then surgery may be indicated. For a proper evaluation and diagnosis of your Bergenfield scoliosis, call for an appointment today.