Chiropractic for Scoliosis
All spines have normal front to back curves that help distribute compressive loads. In scoliosis however, the spine developed side-to-side curves where it should normally be straight. Scoliosis most commonly develops in children and can cause major problems such as pain or even heart and lung problems if the curvature is great enough. Idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown) Scoliosis is the most common type and is most common in females under the age of 16. The Chiropractors at Toftness Chiropractic Clinic will most likely take x-rays of the patient to measure angle of the curve. If the curve is less than 40 degrees of curvature, which is the case about 99% of the time, Chiropractic care is a great option for the patient.
In many cases a mild Scoliosis can go unnoticed, as it likely will not initially cause any pain. Here are some visual signs that may be indicative of a scoliosis:
– Uneven shoulders
– A prominent shoulder blade, especially when bending over at the waist
– Uneven waist
– Leaning to one side.
There are several different types of Scoliosis and include Idiopathic, Congenital and Degenerative. As we said before, Idiopathic scoliosis is most common type of scoliosis and has no specific identifiable cause. There are many theories as to why this happens but there is no consensus on the topic. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that genetics plays a large role in Idiopathic Scoliosis
The second type is Congenital scoliosis. This is caused by a bone abnormality present at birth. This bone abnormality could be something such as a Hemi-vertebra, Block Vertebra or Butterfly Vertebra. Degenerative scoliosis is another type and may result from previous back surgery, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, or Pathologic Fracture.
The therapy for Scoliosis depends on a couple factors that include type of Scoliosis, Skeletal Maturity and Degree of Curvature. Idiopathic Scoliosis traditionally is the type that is best managed by Chiropractic care. Care of scoliosis has classically consisted of spinal adjustments or manipulation sometimes augmented with exercise and postural counseling. Heel lifts are also commonly used to try to level the Pelvis and Sacrum. Electrical stimulation has been used recently to try and strengthen the musculature on the convex side of the curve.