Scoliosis – Causes Symptoms and Treatment

Scoliosis is a condition of the spine where there is a curve that goes from side to side. When looking at a spine from the back we consider the ideal to be a straight line with no such curves. Many of us have a very small degree of scoliosis which is only found on close examination and is nothing to be concerned by.

However some curves are more severe and have problems ranging from cosmetic appearance through to a painful and debilitating disease.

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Scoliosis – Causes Symptoms And Treatment

How did I get Scoliosis?

There are a number of major causes of scoliosis;

  • Idiopathic (of unknown origin) scoliosis has a tendency to occur along family lines, especially if the mother has the condition. It has a much higher occurrence in girls and tends to develop at adolescence. Treatment is required since the disease has a strong tendency to progress and become worse.
  • Functional scoliosis can develop later due to an injury such as a broken and shortened leg or to repetitive activities of work or sport that are more dominant to one side such as playing tennis computer usage. As muscles are used more on one side and les on the other an asymmetry can develop. Well targeted muscle and joint treatment can have a positive impact on these types of change.
  • Scoliosis of Pathological (disease) origin. There are many types of these including congenital bone malformation, spinal cord injury with associated muscle weakening and neuromuscular problems such as motor neurone disease

How can Scoliosis present?

Individual presentations will vary but depending on the degree of scoliosis you may have;

  • One shoulder blade being more prominent
  • Unlevel hips and/or shoulders
  • Constant stiffness and discomfort in the spine

It is important to have your spine checked if you have any of these concerns and the earlier the better. The examination is quick and painless. X-rays may be ordered to evaluate the condition and to operate as a measure of future progression.

How Chiropractic and Myotherapy can help you

  1. Examination

    The first and most important step is to evaluate if we can help you. We are well trained to conduct a thorough history followed by an orthopaedic, neurological and physical examination.

    If you have any imagery studies already performed these are valuable. If you don’t these may be requested if the history and examination deems this important to your case.

  2. Provide a diagnosis

    At the end of our examination we will be able to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of what the problem is.

  3. Plan a Course of Action

    If after the examination we determine that we can help you we will plan a Course of Action to get you back to where you want to be. We will be able to give you

    a) A timeline of how long the process will take
    b) The techniques we recommend
    c) What you need to modify at home and work
    d) Give you any necessary exercises and advice that assist recovery

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