Scoliosis is a very complicated and often misunderstood deformity of the spine. It is often painful for the individual, can lead to many life-threatening conditions involving the heart, lungs, etc; and can often be a source of embarrassment due to abnormal head, shoulder, and hip positions. Approximately 2-4% of children develop scoliosis.
There are two major categories of scoliosis with different types classified within:
Childhood: usually known as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. There are many different theories but no one knows for certain why these occur.
Adult: adult onset (de novo) degenerative scoliosis. Can be related to undiscovered childhood scoliosis or may result from other congenital (due to birth) anomalies or acquired spinal problems.
Unfortunately most cases are caught by accident and only the really severe cases tend to be found. The tests performed in school are not always reliable and you can’t always tell just by “looking at someone”. The best way to truly determine whether a child has scoliosis is by looking at their posture and taking x-rays.
The most common options provided to most patients in the medical system are:
- Wait and see.
“Wait and See” is not ideal as the prognosis is typically worse as the curve worsens. If intervention (surgery) is then applied “once it gets bad enough” then typically the treatment options are more aggressive with poorer outcomes. Spinal fusion is the most common approach to scoliosis surgery while this generally leads to a straightening of the curved spine, it often leaves the patient with long-term stiffness, issues with movement, and sometimes the need to undergo revision surgeries. There is also not much long term research into quality of life after surgery. As a rule of thumb, the earlier something is detected, the easier it is to treat with better results and less time spent suffering.
Chiropractic Biophysics® is the most researched type of chiropractic care available and is the only technique that focuses on the many different structural issues surrounding scoliosis. A skilled Chiropractic Biophysics® practitioner can evaluate each case and determine the most appropriate course of treatment depending on age, severity, etc.
We are pleased to offer the the latest and best in scoliosis care for earlier intervention and have proudly partnered with Scolicare®makers of the ScoliBrace ®. This unique system creates a customized brace for the wearer and is the most advanced and effective brace to date.
Please contact me to discuss your options for better health…naturally!
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