Scoliosis, is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved, and at times rotated from side to side. Although it is a complex three-dimensional deformity, on an X-ray, viewed from the rear, the spine of an individual with scoliosis may look more like an “S” or a “C”, rather than a straight line.
CLASSIFICATIONS OF SCOLIOSIS:
- Congenital (may be caused by vertebral anomalies present at birth)
- Neuromuscular, post stroke, nerve injury to the muscle (having developed as a secondary symptom of another condition, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy or physical trauma).
Recent longitudinal studies reveal that the most common form of the condition, late-onset idiopathic scoliosis. All forms of scoliosis may cause stiffness, imbalance, ache and radiculopathy.
Patients having reached skeletal maturity are less likely to have a worsening case. Some severe cases of scoliosis can lead to diminishing lung capacity, putting pressure on the heart, and restricting physical activities.
Chiropractic care has been unique, safe, and noninvasive relief and offers solution for symptoms of scoliosis without use of medications and surgery. This is achieved by immobilizing/limiting the use of of over-used joints and activating deconditioned, fatigued and atrophied muscles. In addition, chiropractic care enhances normal function.
- Prolonged back and nerve soreness/pain.
- Uneven musculature on one side of the spine.
- A rib prominence and/or a prominent shoulder blade, caused by rotation of the ribcage of thoracic scoliosis.
- Uneven hips, arms or leg lengths
- Slow nerve action (in some cases)
- Short leg/lower extremity inequality.
An estimated 65% of scoliosis cases are postural about 15% are congenital and about 10% are secondary to a neuromuscular disease.