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Posted on 08-09-2012


What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or backbone. The bones that make up the spine are called vertebrae.  Children and young adults that develop scoliosis should be identified as soon as possible to minimize progression of the condition. Adults that have scoliosis benefit from gentle chiropractic realignment periodically.
Who Identifies Scoliosis in the 9 year old to young adult category?  Schools have nurses that perform rudimentary screenings. It is my experience that these screenings do not go far enough, and when scoliosis is eventually identified in this manner, it is already progressed at least 5-10 degrees. It is much better to get evaluated by a spine professional such as a chiropractor! ( a good chiropractor can pick up a 3 degree deviation with their hands, not even using an x-ray! )
                                    Who Gets Scoliosis?
People of all ages can have scoliosis. Of every 1,000 children, 80 will have abnormal spinal curves. Idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis of unknown cause) is the most common type and occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. Because scoliosis can run in families, a child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should be checked regularly for scoliosis by the family chiropractor. In my experience, chiropractors are more observant to subtle spinal changes and should be used for this purpose.
Idiopathic scoliosis can also occur in children younger than 10 years of age, but is very rare.
                                  What Causes Scoliosis?
In 80 to 85 percent of people, the cause of scoliosis is unknown; this is called idiopathic scoliosis. Before concluding that a person has idiopathic scoliosis, the chiropractor looks for other possible causes, such as injury or infection. Causes of curves are classified as either nonstructural or structural.
    Nonstructural (functional) scoliosis – A structurally normal spine that appears curved. This is a temporary, changing curve. This curve can become permanent if not “adjusted”, a term a chiropractor uses to describe what they do. It is caused by an underlying condition such as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms, or inflammatory conditions such as appendicitis. Abnormal curves or subluxations can also cause a decrease in health, leading to organic disease.
    Structural scoliosis – A fixed curve that doctors treat case by case. Sometimes structural scoliosis is one part of a syndrome or disease. In other cases, it occurs by itself. Structural scoliosis can be caused by neuromuscular diseases (such as cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, or muscular dystrophy), birth defects (such as hemi vertebra, in which one side of a vertebra fails to form normally before birth), injury, certain infections, tumors (such as those caused by neurofibromatosis, a birth defect sometimes associated with benign tumors on the spinal column), metabolic diseases, connective tissue disorders, rheumatic diseases, or the most common presentation, unknown factors (idiopathic scoliosis).
The best place for a parent, young adult, or mature adult to start in the process of improving their scoliosis and spine is to get a thorough, accurate diagnosis from a spinal specialist. Chiropractors are uniquely suited to this task, and in my opinion, do the best job for you. They can treat mild and moderate scoliosis the best, using adjustments, specific exercises, and physio-therapies. 

Be Well!     With Love, Dr. Scott

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Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend fgiruing this one out!

2012-10-24 06:43:43

Andre said:

hi john, we first started orifefng spinal decompression with the drx9000 about six years ago in san francisco. we stay in touch with many of our herniated disc patients. some come in for routine maintenance decompression. some for chiropractic care. for the most part, the treatment does last but their are things one can do to improve the odds of decompression therapy results lasting long term like core exercises and stretching and a maintaining a normal body weight.

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Bones in the spine DO NOT freely move out of place. Joints may beomce fixed/less mobile but the bone does not put pressure on the nerve unless your talking about a canal stenosis or osteophytic changes. While we do not know the detailed autonomic response from a spinal manipulation, a fixed joint in the spine or periphery does not cause nor prevent disease.

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