Scoliosis

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What is Scoliosis?

In simple terms, scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine often taking on an “S” shape. Although everyone has a natural curve to their spine when viewed from the side, a normal spine is straight when viewed from the back.

In 85-90% of cases, the scoliosis is “idiopathic”. This means that the cause is unknown. However. studies show that scoliosis tends to run in families and may, therefore, have a genetic component.

It may also be due to poor adaptation to an injury, poor posture or asymmetrical muscular development.

In 10-15% of cases, the cause can be attributed to tumors, infection, birth defect, neuromuscular disease such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy or disc problems.

 

Scoliosis SymptomsWhat effects can Scoliosis have? 

For most patients, the symptoms of scoliosis are mild and may go undetected. However even mild scoliosis can lead to abnormalities in the function of spinal nerves, discs, vertebrae & ligaments and should be addressed by your Chiropractor.

Symptoms may include:                                                                                                         abnormal posture, postural fatigue (feeling tired when standing, sitting etc.), abnormalities with balance or muscles, breathing problems, digestive problems, heart conditions and neck or back pain.

 

chiropractic and scoliosis

How can Chiropractic Help? 

Proper treatment of any condition involves treating the cause and not just the symptoms. Your Chiropractor is uniquely trained to diagnose your scoliosis and can control, reduce or correct abnormalities.

They will review your complete health history and perform a thorough physical examination to pinpoint any spinal dysfunction.

Your care may include spinal adjustments combined with corrective stretches & exercises.

Early detection and regular spinal check ups are key for optimum results.

Studies show that Chiropractic care is a safe, effective management for idiopathic scoliosis without the use of drugs or surgery.

 

do i have scoliosisDo I have Scoliosis?  

Specific tests and measurements can be performed to determine whether or not you have scoliosis. However, if you suspect scoliosis in yourself or your child, you can make the following observations (preferably when the subject is standing without a shirt on).

  • one shoulder maybe higher than the other
  • one shoulder blade (scapula) may be higher or more prominent
  • with the arms hanging loosely at the sides, there may be more space between the arm and the body on one side
  • one hip may appear higher or more prominent
  • the head may be off-centered from the pelvis
  • with the subject bent over until their spine is horizontal, one side of their back may appear higher.

 

 

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