There are proven non-surgical treatments for scoliosis.
Symptoms of Scoliosis Include:
- A tilted head that does not line up over the hips
- A protruding shoulder blade
- One hip or shoulder that is higher than the other, causing an uneven hem or shirt line
- An uneven neckline
- Leaning more to one side than the other
- In developing girls, breasts appearing to be of unequal size
- One side of the upper back is higher than the other when the child bends over, knees together, with the arms dangling down
- Many people with scoliosis experience no pain
- Scoliosis is often only detected after examination by a trained professional or a spinal x-ray
For an in depth overview of scoliosis symptoms and screening techniques you can go here.
Prestigious medical centers still list the cause of scoliosis as idiopathic or “unknown”.
However, this is untrue, since recent scientific developments have identified the cause to be of a genetic origin.
The initiating factor of Scoliosis is a genetic fault that affects the normal growth of a vertebral bone which results in a misshapen spinal bone at one or multiple levels.
Once the vertebral deformity is significant enough it produces a destabilization of the whole spine and changes posture.
These postural changes are closely related to the type of curve and always follow the same pattern.
Treatment Options Range from Observation to Surgical Intervention
Our treatment plan follows the most up to date guidelines.
If the curve is mild and/or the child is near skeletal maturation this may be appropriate
Many patients are simply monitored with “watchful waiting”.
The doctor will recheck the curve on a regular basis to see that it is not progressing.
Mild curves (less than25°), curves that haven’t shown progression, or adolescents with little or no growth remaining may be monitored for changes using physical examination and x-rays at 4 to 12 month intervals.
Many instances of scoliosis fall into this category.
One of the preferred treatments involves external bracing.
We have found this method to be very effective in many cases when others were recommending surgery.
In conjunction with the bracing, chiropractic adjustments are done to help realign the spine.
Additionally, physical therapy is used to strengthen the muscles around the spine and to change habits that may have been increasing the curvature.
These are the same non-invasive treatment options used by National Children’s Hospital.
Our team will work to develop the proper treatment plan based on each individual case of scoliosis.
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