Scoliosis Chiropractor Brisbane
At Back To Front Chiropractic, chiropractic care for any ailment begins with a full diagnosis of the condition and where it originates. For this, your chiropractor will look into your medical history and, if required, you may be referred for x-rays, CT or MRI scans. (X-rays are essential to diagnose the severity of scoliosis and for monitoring the progression in children).
Once the problem and the cause of the problem have been identified, your chiropractor will either refer you to another health specialist if it is not a chiropractic problem or begin treatment if it is.
Once you are aware a scoliosis is present it is critical to maintain optimal spinal function. Chiropractic care for scoliosis includes regular spinal adjustments aimed to stop or slow the degeneration of the spine in combination with regular exercise and modifying lifestyle factors.
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What Is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a Greek word meaning curved or bent. Scoliosis refers to the lateral or sideways curvature of the spine. It is a descriptive term and not a precise diagnosis. As scoliosis develops, the lateral curve of the spine can have a lasting effect and cause future health issues if not identified and treated.
Scoliosis can affect people of any age, however, it most commonly develops in children and it is observed in a higher percentage of females than males. There are three main types of scoliosis: structural, idiopathic and functional.
Structural Scoliosis – Structural scoliosis is caused by degenerative, traumatic or congenital issues affecting the spine such as a birth abnormality. Scoliosis is classified as structural if spinal rotation occurs in addition to the unnatural lateral curvature of the spine. Structural scoliosis does not straighten out on its own and can potentially result in additional health conditions without treatment.*
Idiopathic Scoliosis – Idiopathic refers to any condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown. Idiopathic scoliosis can affect people of all ages however, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of structural scoliosis, affecting children between the ages of 10 to 18**.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or AIS can negatively affect children during the rapid growth period of adolescence. Not only can AIS slow the natural progression of growth during this time, in severe cases, the spine curvature can continue to progress to adulthood.
Functional Scoliosis – Functional scoliosis is a condition where there is a lateral curve in a spine that is structurally normal. This type of scoliosis is temporary and is caused by posture or functional changes. Functional scoliosis is treated by addressing the underlying problem such as posture changes.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Though the cause of the most common type of scoliosis (idiopathic) remains unknown, there are many things that can cause other types of scoliosis including birth abnormalities such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Other common causes include posture and functional changes, injuries, and infections of the spine.
What Are The Symptoms?
Scoliosis symptoms vary in each person from none at all to severe pain. Scoliosis can also cause subsequent postural changes. Note that often symptoms only occur once the scoliosis is advanced.
Symptoms of scoliosis can include:
- An unnatural curve or change in spine
- Tilted eyeline
- Uneven shoulders (one is sitting higher than the other)
- One shoulder blade is more pronounced
- Uneven hips (one hip is higher or more pronounced)
- Ribs sticking out on one side
- Clothes hang unevenly
- One hand brushes against hip when walking
- Trouble when breathing (as a result of reduced space in the chest)
- Severe pain
If you suffer from scoliosis, call your local scoliosis chiropractor at Back To Front Chiropractic on 07 3393 2201 today.