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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a progressive curvature of the spine. Early intervention and correction is crucial. Scoliosis can result in pain due to misalignment, joint or disc compression, and arthritic degeneration.

Posture distortion must be corrected early to prevent it from becoming a full scoliosis. It is usually detected from a low shoulder, revealing a sideways curvature of the spine. Curves are often “S” or “C” shaped.

Some of the causes of Scoliosis includes, carrying heavy backpacks, bad posture at the computer, and injuries such as slip and fall.

Scoliosis for children

There are 2 types of Scoliosis:

Nonstructural Scoliosis

It involves a curve in the spine, without rotation, which is reversible. It is caused by an underlying condition such as muscle spasm, appendicitis or a difference in leg length.

Structural Scoliosis

Structural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine, with rotation, which is irreversible. It is usually caused by an unknown factor (idiopathic) or a disease/condition such as spina bifida, in which the spinal canal does not close properly, or a disorder which affects bone formation. Between 5% and 7% of scoliosis cases are caused by congenital abnormalities of the spine. This causes curves in the spine that are more rigid than those caused by idiopathic scoliosis. These curves often get worse as the child grows, especially during the teenage years.

Chiropractic Care and Scoliosis

If you suffer from scoliosis, Chiropractic care is an alternative to surgery in reducing the severity of your curvature1, and depending on your condition, the Spinal Decompression Therapy may be suggested by our doctors. The Spinal Decompression Therapy has shown to improve patient’s pain and sense of wellbeing.

Scoliosis And Its Treatment

The human spine is a complex structure which naturally curves to an S shape. With scoliosis, when the torso is seen from a frontal or rear view the spine tends to curve with an S or C shape, dependent on the severity of the curve. The condition is defined as a curvature or twisting of the spine to the side, and the cause is predominantly of unknown origin and referred to as idiopathic scoliosis. Although it can affect all parts of the spine, it is particularly noted in the chest and lower back regions, and it can occur in people of all ages, including babies and adolescents as well as adults.

Scoliosis Signs

The onset of the condition can occur at any stage of life and is not commonly connected to any underlying health issues. The most visible indicator is the spinal curvature, which can range from mild to severe, with a leaning to one side of the body. The shoulders can be uneven and, although not always present, people can experience mild through to severe back pain and general discomfort relating to their posture and movement. It is also important to acknowledge that there can be emotional and practical impacts, such as clothes not fitting as they should and low self-confidence.

Children Scoliosis

Children with mild scoliosis treated with chiropractic adjustments have shown a reduction in their spinal curvature, according to the findings of a three-year, $143,000 study funded by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.

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Read about Little Keiran’s Story.

Last year, my son, Keiran was diagnosed with scoliosis. We immediately consulted a spine doctor who referred us to another specialist. He felt he couldn’t help Keiran as the condition was too severe for someone so young. The other doctor said that all we could do was wait and see and told us to come back in four months.

I couldn’t just wait and see. I needed to do something within those four months. I did extensive research online, bought books on idiopathic scoliosis. I decided that while waiting, Keiran will start regular chiropractic care…

-Joni Pulido Ferrier, Father of Keiran

Scoliosis Treatment

While chiropractic can not reverse the effects of the condition in adults, we are able to offer a range of tailored therapies and adjustments for the relief of back pain and the promotion of improved movement and spinal function. Our chiropractors are fully qualified experts in managing conditions that affect the body’s musculoskeletal structure, offering non-surgical therapies to assist in alleviating pain and managing spinal degeneration. We can work with you to devise a treatment programme that focuses on your specific needs, including boosting musculoskeletal function and improvement in posture to aid the management of back pain more effectively. Our holistic approach to treatment is dedicated to helping you achieve increased physical comfort whilst providing up to date advice on diet and other healthy living options so you can experience maximum improvement in your everyday activities.

To identify the best scoliosis treatment to match your needs, our chiropractors can assess your family and personal health history, take spinal x-rays where appropriate and provide you with an individually tailored treatment plan that can help you raise your self-confidence so you can get the most out of life.

References1. Mark W Morning Star et al. “Scoliosis Treatment using a combination of Manipulative and Rehabilitative therapy: A Retrospective Case Series” BioMed Central.2. Louise Marcotte et al. “Adult Scoliosis and the SpineCor® Dynamic Brace: Some Early Results on Efficiency” BioMed Central3. Research by Charles A. Lantz, D.C., Ph.D, Director of Research at the Life Chiropractic College West in San Lorenzo, California.