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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature in the spine. This is a relatively common back condition. However, very few cases of scoliosis actually require surgery. We can break down scoliosis into three basic catagories:
  1. Idiopathic Scoliosis: This from has an unknown cause and is the most common form of scoliosis. It is often discovered at an early age and can increase in severity with growth. If a basic school or physical screening detects scoliosis in a young child or teen. It is very important to follow up as soon as possible with your child's pediatrician so that frequent monitoring of the abnormal curvature can be obtained.
  2. Structural Scoliosis: This form has an abnormality that exists which has altered the structure of the spine. For example, a person could have been born with one leg shorter, have cerebral palsy, or have had an accident later in life that altered their gait in some way. This altered gait can cause the spine to curve abnormally. 
  3. Functional Scoliosis: This means that there is most likely a functional deficit causing the abnormal curvature. This is probably the most common form of scoliosis that we seen in our office. This forms often occurs because of postural problems or musculature imbalances. We see this often in young athletes because they will develop their stronger, dominate side at a much faster rate causing the muscles on that side to "pull" the spine into an abnormal curve. We also see it in young children with the use of one backpack strap on one shoulder over and over resulting in that shoulder becoming "higher" and muscles on that side becoming tighter and pulling the spine in that direction.   
So, even though scoliosis is very common, it is a back condition that needs to be properly cared for. The abnormal curvature can cause the spine to be weaker in some areas, commonly resulting in misalignments and improper range of motion. It also causes muscles to work harder on one side as opposed to the other which often results in spasms and muscle pain. 

Utilizing chiropractic care in the management of scoliosis is a great way to maintain range of motion and lessen the severity of muscle spasms and joint pain. As chiropractors we never aim to straighten the abnormal curve associated with scoliosis. However, by keeping the bones in the spine moving well and in their proper position, and by lessening the spasms of the muscles, it is possible to prevent progression and help the patient live a more functional pain free life.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to see if chiropractic care can help you call us at (606) 549-4811.

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.   



  

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