If you look at someone's back when they bend over, you can see either the spine runs straight or it curves to one side. Unfortunately, most cases of scoliosis do not have a clear scientific cause. There is, however, strong evidence that scoliosis is passed on in families (Thanks Mom and Dad). One known cause of scoliosis is a result of abnormal musculature. Most experts describe the spinal curve as a "C" or "S" curve. Approximately 7-9 Million Americans have scoliosis by the age of 16. Most people identify their scoliosis between the ages of 10-15. Adolescent girls are more likely to be affected by scoliosis. Scoliosis commonly grows during your "growth spurt" years rarely progressing during adulthood. (1)
If a scoliosis curve worsens, the spine (typically lumbar and thoracic spine) may rotate or twist in addition to curving. This can be seen on a full spine x-ray. This can cause the ribs on the affected side to protrude. Go to your medical doctor or a doctor of chiropractic if you notice symptoms of scoliosis in your child or yourself. Mild curves can develop without anyone noticing and may gradually appear noticeable, typically without pains. Many people develop spine curvatures after a trauma, or whiplash injury like an auto accident. (2)
Most typical curves look a bit like a backward C shape if your looking at the person from behind and involves the spine bending sideways to the right, which is clinically called dextroscoliosis. Regular C shape curves have a sideways spinal curvature on the left side of the back and are called levoscoliosis. Their are thoracic and lumbar spine charts that show the common pain patterns.
- Right thoracic curve - this one bends to the right side of the upper back
- Double major curve - the double curve has a right thoracic curve up top and a left lumbar curve at the bottom. The two curves often balance each other so less deformity is observed.
- Right lumbar curve - this curvature bends to the right side all in the lower back
- Right thoracolumbar curve - right bending curve starting in the thoracic region and ending in the lower back.(3)
Natural Scoliosis Treatments
During the traditional "wait and see" period, many medical doctors recommend regular visits to an orthopedic doctor for comparison X-rays to see if the curve is worsening. Unfortunately, during this period, the patient could be getting the most benefit from chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, spinal exercises, physical therapy or other nonsurgical interventions while this condition is still in it's mild stage. (4)
At Pragle Chiropractic And Massage Therapy we offer natural treatments for scoliosis:
- AO Treatment
- Back Treatment
- Spinal decompression
- Massage therapy. Deep tissue massage therapy can be an effective treatment for relieving the muscle tension from scoliosis. Massage Therapy improves blood flow and flexibility to stimulate healing.
posted by Dr. Eric Pragle