Scoliosis Screening and Treatment
Scoliosis Treatment at Monmouth Pain
Scoliosis is a condition affecting 2-3% of the general population and is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine measuring a minimum of 10°, often forming a C- or S- shape. Though scoliosis usually does not cause pain, some pain may occur as the abnormal curvature can affect the surrounding muscles and joints, altering posture and movement patterns.
Signs and symptoms of Scoliosis include:
Signs and symptoms of Scoliosis include:
- Visibly notable curvature of the spine forming an S or C shape
- Uneven hip and/or shoulder height
- Shoulder blade that extends out further than the other
- Pain in areas surrounding the spine
Scoliosis Screening at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation
At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation our professionals can perform scoliosis screening for children and adults, and design a program to correct postural issues related to scoliosis. Our entire staff works together to provide every possible option for pain management and rehabilitation.
Treatment Options for Scoliosis
Individuals suffering from postural issues as a result of scoliosis will be carefully analyzed using the Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) technique from our CBP-certified Doctors of Chiropractic. Additionally, individuals with scoliosis will benefit from our comprehensive range of services designed to improve posture and alignment, reduce muscular and joint pain, and improve mobility and strength including:
You’ve probably never heard of scoliosis, but by the time you’ve finished reading this page, you’ll not only know what it is, you’ll be able to recognize it and also perform a simple, minute-long test to determine if your child has this potentially disfiguring spine defect.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine (illustration 1). A normal spine is straight when viewed from behind. Any time the spine deviates (to one side or the other) from its upright position, there’s the possibility of scoliosis.
It usually develops during a child’s rapid growth period-between the ages of ten and sixteen, but it can also occur in infants. The disorder occurs six to eight times more often in girls than boys.
Scoliosis has no known definitive cause; however, there is clearly a genetic link to it. Additionally, a leg length inequality can transform the spine over time into scoliosis.
Scoliosis is not ordinarily life-threatening. However, scoliosis does create an abnormal function in some of the nerves associated with the curvature which can cause muscle dysfunction and in some cases organ dysfunction. At the very least, the abnormal curvature of scoliosis always creates additional physical stress on the body which overtime is never a good thing.
Severe cases of scoliosis may affect the heart and lungs. When the degree of spinal curvature is great, the ribs on the concave side of the curve collapse toward each other, and the ribs on the convex side flare apart. This obvious posture deformity may ultimately contribute to cardiopulmonary problems.
Mothers used to notice scoliosis (although they didn’t know what to call it) when they tried but failed, to even the hems on their daughter’s dresses. Today, there’s an easier way to test and it works for boys as well as girls.
Here’s a simple, minute-long test you can perform to determine if your child has scoliosis and needs to see a chiropractor who specializes in scoliosis:
Have your child disrobe above the waste. To test your youngster, sit in a chair and have the child face away from you. Carefully observe the child’s back while he or she stands erect, feet together, arms hanging straight down.
- Is the shoulder level unequal?
- Is the hip level unequal?
- Is the waistline uneven?
- Is the spine curved to one side or the other?
- Is one shoulder blade more prominent than the other?
- Is the distance between the arms and body unequal?
Next, ask the child to turn around and face you. Have him bend forward, with the hips forming a 90-degree angle between the back and legs. The child’s legs and knees should be straight, and feet together. His arms should hang straight down from the shoulder, palms together. Carefully observe the child’s upper and lower back while looking down the back from the neck to the waist.
- Is there a difference in level between the two sides of the back?
- Is there a hump on one side of the upper back?
- Is there a compensating hump on the other side of the lower back?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, there is a possibility of scoliosis. The sides of the back should be symmetrical. If you suspect scoliosis, have your child examined as soon as possible by your family chiropractor or a chiropractor that specializes in scoliosis.
A chiropractor that specializes in spinal correction or Clinical Biomechanics of Posture will take a standing x-ray to analyze the exact curvature in the spine.
In some communities, scoliosis screening is already being done by school systems and other community groups. Twelve percent of the youngsters screened for the Chicago Park District by Drs. Michael Morgenstern and Albert Rosanova showed signs of scoliosis. This percentage is similar to the results of schools of Wilmington, Delaware; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Los Angeles and Oakland, California.
Follow-up examinations in all cases were encouraging-only two to three percent of the newly discovered scoliosis cases needed corrective treatment.
Two commonly used, effective treatments for scoliosis are specialized chiropractic care using traction and exercise. For very severe cases of scoliosis, there is a possibility of surgery. Because there are perfectly valid arguments in favor of treatment, parents and youngsters are advised to discuss all options with their physicians. If you question the course of treatment your physician recommends, seek a second opinion. Luckily, most scoliosis is easily treated. In any event, the earlier the condition is discovered, the easier it is for the doctor to treat. Why not take a minute right now and check your children?
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