Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a progressive, lateral curvature of the spine. When viewed from the side, the spine should have curves. But when viewed from the front, the spine should be straight.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a progressive, lateral curvature of the spine. When viewed from the side, the spine should have curves. But when viewed from the front, the spine should be straight.

The most commonly found type of scoliosis is called “adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”. Idiopathic means “of unknown origin. Research however into the cause of scoliosis seems to suggest that there is often a genetic factor which affects the control of the growth of the spine.

Scoliosis can affect both children and adults. In children it can be a more serious condition because it can rapidly progress as the child grows.

Scoliosis is usually first seen in children between the ages of 11 and 15. However, it can occur in younger children aged 3 to 10 years (juvenile scoliosis) and in babies (infantile scoliosis). Scoliosis can also occur in adults with no previous history, due to spinal degeneration and advancing age. This is called (De Novo scoliosis).

The effects of scoliosis include: poor posture, shoulder humping, muscle weakness, and pain.

If scoliosis is detected and treated early, patients can avoid these symptoms in many cases. If left untreated, scoliosis can sometimes require surgery. In surgical cases, the bones of the spine are sometimes fused together and metal rods are inserted to try to straighten the spine. If the correct approach is used early enough, bracing is an effective treatment for halting the progression of scoliosis curves and reducing the need for surgery.

In adults pain and poor posture are the most common complaints. Sometimes ongoing progression can also be an issue. Often regularly prescribed treatments for the pain associated with adult scoliosis do not help. Fortunately new treatments such as the adult brace and intensive exercise rehabilitation offers these patients new hope.

Types of Scoliosis:

  1. Infantile Scoliosis
  2. Juvenile Scoliosis
  3. Adolescent Scoliosis
  4. Adult Scoliosis

Treatment Option:

Observation

One traditional approach to scoliosis has been the “wait and see” method of observation. This often happens when a scoliosis is detected in a young child, but the curve is not large enough to recommend traditional treatments such as hard bracing or surgery.

Physical Therapy and Exercise

Specific scoliosis rehabilitation and exercise programs can play an important role in scoliosis treatment. The development of scoliosis specific programs offer new approaches to scoliosis treatment that are growing in evidence.

Scoliosis Bracing

Bracing has been used as an early intervention treatment for scoliosis for decades, There are many types of scoliosis braces ranging from soft dynamic braces, to rigid over-corrective braces.

Surgery

When required, surgery is an important and often be life changing procedure. Surgery is usually recommended when a scoliotic curve rapidly progresses to a point where it unbalances the spine.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

There is no cure for scoliosis, and all treatment including medical treatments are aimed at managing the condition. Complementary treatment may play an important role in addressing the ongoing health needs of a patient with scoliosis, however there are limitations.

CBP TECHNIQUE FOR SCOLIOSIS

Chiropractic BioPhysics Technique incorporates mirror-image® exercises, adjustments, and traction techniques to correct the spine and posture. For scoliosis cases, this can be very effective. This is most effective for lumbar curves and single curves. Often scoliosis patients have a leg length discrepancy (shorter leg) which exacerbates a scoliotic curve – we screen all patients for this.

CORRECTIVE EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR SCOLIOSIS

Corrective exercises custom to a scoliotic curvature (i.e. reverse/mirror-image) can be effective if practiced often enough. These types of exercises need to be done precisely in the opposite pattern as the curvature and therefore, require much practice and discipline in movement.

TEAM

Our Perfect Team

DR. SETH STRAUSS

Chiropractic Physician

DR. KATALLY STRAUSS

Chiropractor

CAROLYN BURSON

Wellness Coach