Do Environmental Factors Cause Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine of more than 10 degrees that results in an “S” or “C” shape. It most commonly affects adolescents, often occuring during a growth spurt. In most cases scoliosis is mild, but even mild cases can cause pain and impact your mobility.

What causes scoliosis

Experts aren’t sure what causes scoliosis. It tends to run in families, so genetics is thought to play a role. The most common form of scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic means that the condition appears spontaneously without a definitive cause. Research suggests hormonal factors play a role in the development of scoliosis, and this could explain why it affects more females than males.

Genetics or environment?

Most experts agree that scoliosis likely results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. That means you may have inherited a genetic trait that made you vulnerable to developing scoliosis, and something in your environment played a role in influencing that likelihood. However, identifying what those environmental factors are is tricky.

A link does exist between scoliosis and exposure to indoor heated swimming pools within the first year of life. However, researchers are unsure how this early exposure increases the risk for scoliosis.

Benefits of chiropractic therapy for scoliosis

Regardless of what caused your scoliosis, effective management can improve your life. Your doctor may have diagnosed you during your teen years, and you’ve dealt with discomfort and pain since then. While chiropractic care does not cure scoliosis, treatments can relieve pressure from your spinal discs, improve your posture, and reduce discomfort.

What chiropractic scoliosis treatment involves

Several chiropractic approaches are used to treat scoliosis. When you come in to our office, Dr. Lund examines you and determine the best course of treatment. A general approach is similar to what a chiropractor would do for anyone experiencing back pain. This may involve using his hands or a device to make adjustments to your spine.

In addition to treatment for pain relief, Dr. Lund may recommend scoliosis-specific treatment aimed at gradually improving the angle of your spine.

What to expect from your consultation

Dr. Lund takes a detailed history of your medical background and symptoms, perform an exam, and order X-rays or other diagnostic tests. You should feel comfortable asking questions. Good chiropractors do everything in their power to ensure that you understand the treatment process. After your comprehensive exam, Dr. Lund recommends a treatment plan to bring you relief from your symptoms.

If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis, a chiropractor can make an excellent addition to your support team. Chiropractic treatments may help slow or prevent further spinal degeneration.

If you have a Harrington rod – a surgical implant to correct the curvature of your spine – you can still benefit from chiropractic treatment. Dr. Lund will utilize alternate adjustment techniques for your treatment.

For effective scoliosis management, call our office or book online to schedule a consultation.


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