Scoliosis causes abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. Extreme or unusual curvature can affect your ability to balance, move, and perform tasks. Different types of scoliosis are distinguished by the direction and location of abnormal spinal curvature. Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis focuses on development of an individualized plan utilizing the least invasive methods possible for improved spinal and overall health.
Direction of Curvature
In patients with scoliosis, the spine can curve either to the left or the right. Dextroscoliosis refers to a spine that curves unnaturally toward the right. This type of scoliosis most frequently occurs in the middle regions of the spine. Dextroscoliosis may result in one curve, producing a “C”-shaped spine, or may be accompanied by a second curve to create an “S”-shaped spine. Leftward curvature of the spine is called levoscoliosis. It is more frequently seen in the lower or lumbar region of the spine. Levoscoliosis of the middle or upper regions of the spine may be a symptom of a spinal cord tumor rather than a congenital deformity.
Location of Curvature
Chiropractors use a set of three terms to describe the location of the spinal curvature in scoliosis patients. Thoracic scoliosis is the most common form of scoliosis, in which curvature occurs in the middle or thoracic spine region. Lumbar scoliosis refers to the opposite case, in which curvature affects in the lower regions of the spine. If curvature impacts both the middle and lower portions of the spine, it is referred to as thoracolumbar scoliosis.
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