Scoliosis is an unnatural curvature to the spine. Minor curves to the spine are natural; however, curvature that exceeds 10 degrees can be diagnosed as scoliosis. This curve is best described as an S or C shape and can typically be seen as a hump near the rib cage.
1. Head is not centered directly above the pelvis
2. Shoulders are different heights—one shoulder blade is more prominent than the other
3. Uneven waist
4. Rib cages are at different heights
5. Appearance of a raised, prominent hip
6. Changes in look or texture of skin overlying the spine
Can You Prevent Scoliosis in Children?
A parent, teacher, or pediatrician generally notices Scoliosis in children. Most schools screen children for Scoliosis using the Adam’s Forward Bend Test. This test requires children to bend 90 degree from the waist, with their feet together. A doctor can easily see any spinal abnormality from this angle.
Treatment will be based on the speed at which the spine is curving and the severity of the curve. Some mild and most moderate cases may be treated by fitting the child with a brace. The brace is intended prevent the spine from further curvature as the bones grow and strengthen.
Severe or extreme cases of scoliosis may have to be treated with surgery such as spinal fusion and instrumentation. A Bowmanville chiropractor will help determine the severity of the condition through the Adams Forward Bending Test, measuring leg length for evenness, and different motion tests.
A chiropractor who specializes in child spinal care will approach scoliosis on several levels. There are special exercises, electric stimulation and nutritional changes a chiropractor can assist with.
Visit Spinewise at http://www.spinewise.ca/scoliosis/ to learn more about cerebral palsy and child scoliosis.