Scoliosis Specialist

Curtis Potts, DC -  - Chiropractor

Mt. Rose Chiropractic

Curtis Potts, DC

Chiropractor located in Reno, NV

Scoliosis runs in families, and about one in three children whose parents have scoliosis will develop the back condition, too. If you suspect your child has scoliosis — or you have back pain related to the condition — Mt. Rose Chiropractic in Reno, Nevada, offers specialized diagnosis and care that’s 100% drug-free and noninvasive. Call today or use the convenient contact form to meet with Curtis Potts, DC, a board-certified chiropractic specialist.

Scoliosis Q & A

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis most commonly occurs during growth spurts before puberty. But it also can occur because of:

  • Trauma
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Tumors

Functional scoliosis is often caused by a problem with your posture, muscle spasms, or leg-length issue, which Dr. Potts at Mt. Rose Chiropractic can address with chiropractic techniques.

Why do I have scoliosis?

Experts aren't sure why scoliosis affects some people rather than others. Research suggests about one in three children whose parents have scoliosis will develop the condition.

In many cases, scoliosis is minor. Most people with scoliosis have curves of less than 20 degrees, which are usually not detectable to the untrained eye. Children often outgrow the condition, but there are rare instances when it gets worse and severe deformities develop.

What are the signs of scoliosis?

Because scoliosis is not usually painful, children with the condition typically don't know they have it.

If you're a parent, you may not discover it in your child until there are more obvious signs. Common signs of scoliosis include:

  • One shoulder blade is more prominent than the other one
  • One shoulder is lower than the other
  • The hips and waist appear uneven

If you suspect scoliosis, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Potts at Mt. Rose Chiropractic, who’ll diagnose your condition or that of your loved one.

How is scoliosis diagnosed?

Dr. Potts takes a complete medical history and performs a comprehensive physical examination. Depending on the amount of curvature, he recommends an X-ray to evaluate the spine.

The X-ray shows the location and seriousness of scoliosis, along with any underlying causes that may not have turned up during a physical exam.

How is scoliosis treated?

In many cases, the best treatment is continual observation and monitoring by Dr. Potts. Mild scoliosis generally doesn’t worsen and causes few, if any, physical problems.

In other cases, Dr. Potts recommends chiropractic techniques to relieve back pain from scoliosis. These techniques include:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Muscle stimulation

Regular exercise also helps with this condition. To find out more, call today or use the convenient contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Potts at Mt. Rose Chiropractic.

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