Scoliosis is a term used to describe any abnormal curve of the spine. It is not a disease, as is commonly thought. When viewed from the back, a healthy spine is straight. When scoliosis occurs, the spine curves in one of these formations
- Single Curve called Levoscoliosis – The spine curves to the left (shaped like the letter C).
- Single Curve called Dextroscoliosis – The spine curves to the right side and shaped (like a backward letter C).
- Two Curves – The spine has two curves (like the letter S).
This disease is not only complicated but also detailed and incurable. While there might not be a cure for it, there is still some hope that the patient’s condition can be improved once the condition has been diagnosed. This type of diagnosis, like that of any other medical condition, begins with the doctor asking the patient for his or her personal medical history. The doctor may then proceed to perform a physical exam. The use of x-rays by doctors helps assess, from a three-dimensional perspective, the extent of damage to the patient’s spine and curve.
SIGNS OF SCOLIOSIS
Some of the physical symptoms that can be determined without an X-ray are the following:
- One shoulder is higher than the other
- One side of the rib cage is higher than the other
- One shoulder blade sticks out more than the other
- The waist is uneven
- The body tilts to one side
- One hip is higher than the other
- One leg is shorter than the other
Many other types of back pain are unrelated to scoliosis, even when it is present. A thorough examination and X-ray may be required to determine the real problem. This can be provided by our Pembroke Pines chiropractors.
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT OF SCOLIOSIS
Scoliosis is most often treated by chiropractors. Several studies have revealed that manual therapy like Chiropractic Treatment is the most commonly chosen therapy. Chiropractors were the most common alternative therapy providers for both children and adult patients. According to the 2005 Job Analysis of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), patients aged 17 years and younger (the prime age for diagnosis) comprise 18.2% of a chiropractor’s practice. Another research published by Humphries reported that 91% of Swiss chiropractors treated children ages 6–17 years old. Both studies indicated that Chiropractic Treatment is an effective and often-chosen cure for this disease.
There are specific treatment options chiropractors can use in their effort to stabilize the patient’s curve. In particular, scoliosis-specific adjustments are the most suitable because they are gentle, precise, and often targeted at correcting the spine. It can work even for patients who had previously undergone surgery but would not desire to have a repeat of the same. Owing to the double-joint in the neck, individuals suffering from scoliosis have hypermobility, causing the joints to be unstable and exposing these individuals to higher risks of dislocation and even injury if not handled with care and treated gently. With the use of a precision mechanical-adjusting instrument, the chiropractor adjusts the patient’s neck as well as other joints.
The chiropractor may also recommend exercises to be done at home. These exercises may include balance and strength training. However, severe cases of this condition may require the use of the scoliosis traction-chair, which stretches the spine to elongate it, and uncoils the patient’s nerves with vibration. Regardless, the patient has to become his or her advocate to enjoy the full benefits of the chiropractor’s recommended treatment plan.
If you believe you are suffering from an abnormal curve of the spine, schedule an appointment online with Multi-Care Medical in Pembroke Pines, Fl or call us at (954) 441-7246. We are located at 11270 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026