Recently here at Bennett Family Chiropractic, we have had a number of patients come in with scoliosis. Today in fact, I saw one of the most exaggerated cases of scoliosis that we have seen in several years. Since it is a pretty common problem I thought it would be good to address the issue. Considerations such as how and why it happens, what the consequences are, how we detect it and how we deal with the condition will be discussed.
How does it Happen? There are two types of scoliosis: congenital and acquired. “Congenital” as the name implies is something that you are born with and “acquired” as it sounds is from some type of injury after birth. In either case we have one vertebrae (or the sacrum) that is tilted or asymmetrically wedged to one side. In the case of a baby, it may have been a birth defect and in the case of an older child or adult, the vertebrae may have “collapsed” on one side as the result of a trauma or in the elderly from osteoporosis. Whatever the cause of the irregular spinal segment, the rest of the scoliosis is entirely from compensation.
What are the Consequences? If the level of curvature is mild, then it may be mostly a cosmetic problem with only mild functional implications. Having any asymmetry will of course make a person more prone to injury because the body likes symmetry. Playing sports and physical activities will cause greater force in some areas of the spine than others due to the altered spinal structure. A mild curvature is in no way dangerous but can affect a person’s appearance and the strength of the spine. A curvature beyond 40 to 50 degrees is rare and can involve complications that require surgery.
How is Scoliosis detected? To check for a curvature at home, have your child (or adult) bend forward with no shirt on so you may observe the symmetry of the shoulder blades and ribcage. If these appear even and level on both sides, there probably is no problem. If the wing bone on one side is elevated or the ribcage is more pronounced on one side, then a curvature may exist.
How is a curvature treated? If a scoliosis is diagnosed in an adult, then chiropractic manipulation is helpful in keeping the spine stronger to help prevent injury. When diagnosed in a child, manipulation is likely to reduce the progression and severity of the curvature. Scoliosis treatment is a sub-specialty of chiropractic and I am certified in treatment of spinal curvature. Though scoliosis usually is not eliminated, it is beneficial to treat the spine and keep it as healthy as possible to avoid problems down the road.
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