Chiropractic treatment gives natural, safe relief for Growing Pains. Does your child complain of growing pains? There are many reasons for ‘growing pains’…
Scoliosis and Chiropractic Treatment
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves sideways, which is not normal. The spine is normally s-shaped when looked at from the side, but when looking from behind the spine should be straight.The scoliosis curvature is often shaped like the letter S or C, and the spine is sometimes also twisted.
It can start in early childhood but may go unnoticed, especially as it rarely causes problems in the early years. Parents may see an uneven waist or shoulders, particularly prominent shoulder blades or shoulders, elevated hips or leaning to one side.
The rib cage can also become more prominent on one side, this becomes more evident if you ask the person to bend forward whilst observing them from behind.
How Is Scoliosis Diagnosed?
Chiropractors use your medical and family history, physical and neurological examination when checking a person for scoliosis.
We can take X-rays, which will help to diagnose the scoliosis and lets the chiropractor measure the curve and see its location, shape and pattern. An early X-ray is useful to check for any subsequent increase in curvature later on.
At Isis we would then normally inform the General Practitioner and, if indicated you would be referred to an orthopaedic consultant.
What Causes Scoliosis?
In some cases, the scoliosis is caused by underlying factors that can be treated. For example:
These factors may cause the spine to become curved and can be reversed.
About 80 percent of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. There is no research evidence that chiropractic treatment can cure idiopathic scoliosis. But Chiropractic treatment can help give relief for some of the pain caused by idiopathic scoliosis. That will help your child to stay active which is important for their general health and well-being.
Adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain than people in the general population. Therefore, the most important thing is to detect the scoliosis in the first place, diagnose the cause of the scoliosis and then treat it appropriately. Scoliosis can run in families. A child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should have regular check-ups.
Despite years of research doctors don’t know what causes the most common type of scoliosis. When a cause can’t be identified, the scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis.
Most cases develop in children between the ages of 9 and 14 during the growth spurt of puberty. It affects more girls than boys with 80 percent of adolescent cases affecting girls. As the curvature gets worse, the spine tends to rotate. This can affect the ribs, which become prominent on one side.
In severe cases of scoliosis, the rotated ribs may limit the amount of air getting to the lungs, putting strain on the heart. This increases the risk of heart failure in later life. This is why early diagnosis is important – appropriate treatment can prevent complications later in life.