Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, which typically occurs in children during the growth spurt just before puberty. Adults who have scoliosis as a child are more likely to have chronic back pain. Ironically, some people are unaware that they even have scoliosis. Signs of the condition can include unlevel shoulders, uneven hips, prominent ribs, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side.
Dr. McMahan sees many patients with the condition. While scoliosis is treatable, it is technically not “curable,” and therefore requires ongoing care. However, our scoliosis patients lead full and active lives without braces or the need for spinal fusion surgery (where a metal rod is inserted along the spine).
The first step is to take an X-ray to map the curvature of the spine and to develop an individual treatment program, which can include scoliosis-specific massages, stretches, exercises, and chiropractic alignments. Patients can also be given heel lifts, worn inside the shoe, to help correct uneven posture caused by the spine’s curvature.