Posted By Dr. Eric Pragle, DC, LMT
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine has measurable curvatures, as seen on x-ray. Scoliosis may be the result of detectable, cause and effect conditions but the majority of scoliosis cases are unknown or idiopathic. If scoliosis is found as part of characteristic of a disorder then it is categorized by cause. The list of possible disorders is long and includes neurologic, muscular, congenital bone anomalies, and developmental. As earlier mentioned, most scoliosis are enigma and luckily the majority do not progress. Examples of scoliosis, include hyperkyphosis (excessive bending like a hunch back) which happens in the sagittal plane (front and back) while other forms of scoliosis can cause spinal buckling causing distortions in all three dimensions of the spine. Most idiopathic scoliosis is measured on x-ray as a lateral bending (side to side) of the spine. The A-P full spine x-ray is very common with the use of Cobb angle measurement to determine the severity of scoliosis.
For years chiropractors have claimed success in the management of scoliosis, however it can be unclear in many cases if the patient has true scoliosis or uni-lateral muscles spasms mimicking spine curvature due to a recent trauma. Most Idiopathic spinal curves in adolescent are benign but can be cosmetically problematic for the youths confidence. However, as the affected person's curvature matures into the 40's and older, then many people with scoliosis due suffer back and neck pains. The extreme cases with a spine curvature of greater than 40 degrees often affect the lungs and other internal organs so in these more extreme cases, these people often get a back surgery with a rod to help straighten the spine and relieve pressure from the internal organs.
At Pragle Chiropractic, we utilize the AO treatment which is a great treatment for creating balance and symmetry in the spine and can be part of a successful treatment for scoliosis, especially for spine curvature of less than 20 degrees. Please book your appointment at www.praglechiro.com to see if we can help you or a loved one with scoliosis. Pragle Chiropractic is located at 1820 Riggins Rd. #1, Tallahassee, FL 32308.