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Why Scoliosis Occurs

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the curvature of the spine. Scoliosis typically occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty, which is why the condition is particularly common in children.

In some patients, scoliosis is directly linked to conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. In most patients, however, the cause of scoliosis is totally unknown.

Most scoliosis cases begin as a mild condition. Over time, however, the condition can become more severe. Some children develop spine deformities that get more severe as they continue to grow. The most severe types of scoliosis can be disabling, and an especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest. This can impede healthy lung functionality.

Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

Common early warning signs of scoliosis can include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven waist
  • One shoulder blade that appears to be more prominent than the other
  • One hip that appears to be higher than the other
  • As a scoliosis curve worsens, the spine can rotate or twist (in addition to curving side to side). This can eventually cause ribs on one side of the body to stick out more prominently than ribs on the other side.

Risk Factors for Scoliosis

Most patients develop scoliosis for unknown reasons. However, there are certain risk factors for scoliosis, including all of the following:

Age: The first symptoms of scoliosis typically become noticeable during the growth spurt that occurs just before puberty.

Sex: Both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, although girls have a much higher risk of requiring treatment as the curve worsens.

Family History: Genetics can play a role in the development of scoliosis. However, most children with scoliosis do not come with a family with a history of scoliosis.

Ultimately, most patients develop scoliosis for unknown reasons. It’s a largely unpredictable condition. There are certain early warning signs and risk factors, although most scoliosis cases stem from unknown sources.

Chiropractors can help manage symptoms of scoliosis to maintain patient wellness and comfort. Schedule your free consultation with Lakewood’s leading chiropractor, Renew Chiropractic, to discover scoliosis treatment options. Call 720-493-5885 to schedule your free consultation.

What Is Pronation

Pronation is a foot condition also known as “fallen arches” or “flat feet”. When the foot is flat, it’s less shock-absorbent, which makes it a less stable base for your entire body. A pronated foot may not look like a severe condition – but it can have serious impacts on the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons across your entire body.

Pronation can shift your entire body out of alignment. It can also cause aches and pains in your feet, knees, hips, neck, and spine. Many patients with pronated feet experience injuries and problems like shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Meanwhile, women with flat feet are 50% more likely to have lower back pain.

Pronated feet are not a rare condition: approximately one third of people suffer from flat or pronated feet.

What Causes Pronation?

Your foot is a complicated part of the body. The strength of your foot depends heavily on connective tissue called the plantar fascia on the underside of your foot. This tissue is critical to maintaining the foot’s healthy arched shape.

Some people are born with flat, pronated feet. Most people, however, develop pronated feet over time. Injuries and certain health conditions can cause the fascia to stretch out and flatten. Sometimes, everyday stressors like walking and standing can weaken the connective tissue over time, eventually leading to pronated feet.

How a Chiropractor Can Help

Dr. Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic specialize in correcting pronated feet. Chiropractors specialize in providing custom orthotics – insoles that slip into your shoes to correct pronation. Chiropractors can also correct any postural changes that occurred due to your pronation. Other chiropractor services include:

  • Adjusting extremities to ensure proper positioning of bones and joints
  • Providing functional orthotics in every pair of shoes for pronation control, support, and comfort
  • Use of the FootWheel for DIY foot therapy, helping to stretch and strengthen the bottom of your feet

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic today to discover how we can relieve symptoms of foot pronation. Call 720-493-5885 to schedule your free consultation.