What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is abnormal curvature of the spine. School-age children are most affected. While scoliosis is a manageable condition early detection is key to prevent conditions such as back pain or breathing difficulties.
Signs and Symptoms
a prominent shoulder blade
uneven waist or one hip higher than the other
Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, however there are some known causes such as neuromuscular conditions (i.e. cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy), birth defects (i.e. asymmetrical bone growth and development), or injuries or infections of the spine.
The Medical Approach
Depending upon age, sex, and skeletal maturity of the person, the type of medical treatment can vary. For younger individuals, bracing is typically the first step. Bracing doesn't cure scoliosis, but it can prevent it from getting worse. Fore severe cases, surgical fusions using rods, hooks, screws, and wires can be used to attempt to hold the spine in place as it grows. This can be a painful option and should be considered only after all other methods have been implemented.
The Non-Medical Approach
Implementing physical therapy and exercises of the spinal muscles has not been shown to treat the scoliosis, but has been shown to maximize functional capacity of the individual.
The Chiropractic Approach
The chiropractic adjustment has been shown in some studies to be a safe, and in some cases effective treatment for some types of scoliosis. Chiropractic adjustments remove pressure from the nerve tissue resulting in decreased pain, improved posture, and in some cases, a marked decrease in scoliosis.