Scoliosis is a progressive curvature of the spine. Early intervention and correction is crucial. Scoliosis can result in pain due to misalignment, joint or disc compression, and arthritic degeneration.
Posture distortion must be corrected early to prevent it from becoming a full scoliosis. It is usually detected from a low shoulder, revealing a sideways curvature of the spine. Curves are often “S” or “C” shaped.
Some of the causes of Scoliosis includes, carrying heavy backpacks, bad posture at the computer, and injuries such as slip and fall.
There are 2 types of Scoliosis:
It involves a curve in the spine, without rotation, which is reversible. It is caused by an underlying condition such as muscle spasm, appendicitis or a difference in leg length.
Structural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine, with rotation, which is irreversible. It is usually caused by an unknown factor (idiopathic) or a disease/condition such as spina bifida, in which the spinal canal does not close properly, or a disorder which affects bone formation. Between 5% and 7% of scoliosis cases are caused by congenital abnormalities of the spine. This causes curves in the spine that are more rigid than those caused by idiopathic scoliosis. These curves often get worse as the child grows, especially during the teenage years.
Chiropractic Care and Scoliosis
If you suffer from scoliosis, Chiropractic care is an alternative to surgery in reducing the severity of your curvature1, and depending on your condition, the Spinal Decompression Therapy may be suggested by our doctors. The Spinal Decompression Therapy has shown to improve patient's pain and sense of wellbeing.2
Children with mild scoliosis treated with chiropractic adjustments have shown a reduction in their spinal curvature, according to the findings of a three-year, $143,000 study funded by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.3
Last year, my son, Keiran was diagnosed with scoliosis. We immediately consulted a spine doctor who referred us to another specialist. He felt he couldn't help Keiran as the condition was too severe for someone so young. The other doctor said that all we could do was wait and see and told us to come back in four months.
I couldn't just wait and see. I needed to do something within those four months. I did extensive research online, bought books on idiopathic scoliosis. I decided that while waiting, Keiran will start regular chiropractic care... more
-Joni Pulido Ferrier, Father of Keiran
1. Mark W Morning Star et al. "Scoliosis Treatment using a combination of Manipulative and Rehabilitative therapy: A Retrospective Case Series" BioMed Central.
2. Louise Marcotte et al. "Adult Scoliosis and the SpineCor® Dynamic Brace: Some Early Results on Efficiency" BioMed Central
3. Research by Charles A. Lantz, D.C., Ph.D, Director of Research at the Life Chiropractic College West in San Lorenzo, California.