Every two weeks we are showcasing a condition that is commonly seen in the office. This week’s Condition of the Week is Scoliosis. Early detection of this condition is important because it can have life long effects.
What every parent should know:
Scoliosis is a progressive musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or backbone causing the spine to curve or twist into a “C” or “S” shape when viewed from the front of the patient. The most common type is idiopathic scoliosis. Children age 10 to 12 and in their early teens. This is the time when children are growing fast. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis.
Doctors classify curves as:
- Nonstructural, which is when the spine is structurally normal and the curve is temporary. In these cases, the doctor will try to find and correct the causes.
- Structural, which is when the spine has a fixed curve. The cause could be a disease, injury, infection, or birth defect.
What can be done to help?
Exercise: stabilizing exercises to strengthen areas in the curve that are weak can help restore balance.
Postural counseling: posture is very important since it can further the curve’s development.
Chiropractic care: removing restrictions in the spine can provide better motion and slowing allow the vertebrae to go into proper alignment.
Kineso-Tape: Taping can correct muscle imbalances caused by the curves.