Opt for the Best Scoliosis Treatment Option in Malaysia at Chiropractic Specialty Center®
People with scoliosis will have abnormal curvature in the lumbar spine, thoracic spine or cervical spine. Some forms of scoliosis may present with abnormal curvature in all three regions. Our clinical teams are the scoliosis experts you need for effective treatment options. Our scoliosis treatment options and management incorporate the best clinical practices of Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. Over the years we have treated thousands of spine patients non-surgically and through research-based holistic procedures. Our successes in scoliosis treatment have been significant. We have changed the lives of many patients and hope to do the same for you.
Scoliosis is the presence of an abnormal side-bending curvature of the spine. A Scoliotic curve is eight times more likely to occur in girls than in boys. Scoliosis is affecting millions of kids, and it is becoming more common than a few decades ago.
Chiropractic is the Best of Conservative Treatment Options
Chiropractic is one of the few healthcare professions that focus on scoliosis. Chiropractic care is a natural method of treatment, without any involvement of invasive surgery or medication. According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, chiropractic care can have a beneficial impact on scoliosis.
Research has shown that the chiropractic adjustments can result in a reduction of abnormal lateral spinal curvature. The researchers of this published research were studying the effect of chiropractic’s full-spine adjustment procedures, heel lifts and postural counseling for children 9-15 years old with mild idiopathic scoliosis.
In our centers, our chiropractors will take all the needed time to evaluate your child properly. Our methods of evaluation include assessments for pelvic rotations, muscular imbalances, and short leg syndromes or congenital anomalies that could have predisposed your child to scoliosis and much more before we do any treatments. We will review x-rays, MRI and any additional information regarding your child before we establish a customized scoliosis plan. Before going over the treatment options available at a Chiropractic Specialty Center®, it might be helpful to cover some information on scoliosis and forms of scoliosis.
What degree of sideways curvature is considered scoliotic?
For diagnostic purposes, a sideways curvature, side-bending of the spine or scoliosis is a curve that measures 10-degrees or more. The 10-degree rule was established because curves that hit a 10-degree mark have the highest rate of progression. In our opinion, this is slightly outdated. Our clinical experts encourage parents to opt for care before the curve hits a 7-degree mark. In other words, curves that are even as low as a 5-degrees may need corrections to prevent progression.
What are the Common forms of Scoliosis?
There are multiple forms of scoliosis. But, for our discussion we will concentrate on the two most common forms of scoliosis:
- Idiopathic Scoliosis
- Degenerative Scoliosis
What is an Idiopathic Scoliosis?
The most common term or for the sideways curvature of the spine is scoliosis, scoliotic spine or scoliotic curvature. There are three main categories in scoliosis: congenital scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis, and adult scoliosis. The most common type or categories of a scoliotic spine are those termed as idiopathic scoliosis.
The term idiopathic means the actual cause is unknown. In other words, an idiopathic scoliotic spine has no known cause. But, efforts are being made to identifying the cause of adolescent scoliosis; but unfortunately, there has not been an acceptable theory as to the cause. However, there are varying theories about potential causes or exacerbation including, but not limited to hormonal imbalances, asymmetric growth as well as soft tissue imbalances or weaknesses.
Degenerative Scoliosis is Common in the Elderly
As we age our body goes through changes. These changes impact all tissues, including the spine. The degenerative changes one experiences are related to genetic predispositions and lifestyles. Adults with excessive degenerative changes have the highest risk factors in developing scoliosis in mid or later stages of life. Degenerative forms of scoliosis do cause pain. We have discussed degenerative scoliosis in the sections below as well.
Degenerative scoliosis that causes pain can be rendered pain-free or asymptomatic. Visit our center today for targeted treatment options that get rid of scoliosis pain fast. in other words, adults with degenerative scoliosis can live a pain-free life. Avoid spine fusion (spine surgery) or surgical interventions for degenerative scoliosis. Opt for conservative treatment options first. Call us today.
What are the Early Signs of Scoliosis?
There are few sings that parents need to aware of, especially if there is a family history. We have listed some of the early signs of scoliosis below:
- Uneven leg lengths: A good means of monitoring this is by looking at uneven wear and tear of shoe heels. A better method is wearing out of torturers hems on one side.
- Pelvic Tilt: The hip on one side may be higher compared to the other. Uneven pelvises (hip heights) are the results of un-leveling of the lumbar spine. Imbalances in the lumbar spine are common findings with abnormal curvature and a common factor in the development or worsening of scoliosis.
- Shoulder tilt: Uneven shoulder is a classic sign. Even the slightest need s attention. So, if you notice uneven shoulder heights; visit our center for a through scoliosis assessment.
- Protruding Shoulder Blades: Winging scapula or protruded shoulder blade is often seen in thoracic or mid back scoliosis.
- Rib Cage Asymmetry: Rib cage and the thoracic spine are common areas affected by scoliosis. Be on the lookout for unevenness of the rib cage.
- A hump on Side of the Spine: A hump or protrusion next to the spine is an almost definite sign of scoliosis.
- Back Pain: Scoliosis is rarely painful. In the early stages is almost entirely painless. However, if kids or teenagers complain of back pain or back stiffness, scoliosis needs to be ruled out.
If you notice any of the above sings, bring your loved one to a Chiropractic Specialty Center® for through clinical assessment.
Early detection and targeted customized treatments and home care are essential in scoliosis treatment.
Polyclinics or general family practitioners may dismiss mild issues. Our advice to parents is to seek professionals that specialize in the conservative treatment of scoliosis. In other words, visit us for an accurate diagnosis.
Can Scoliosis Get Better?
Contrary to the common belief, scoliosis will not get better unless you opt for targeted scoliosis treatment. Even the slightest curve will progress. The rate of progression varies. To avoid worsening, we strongly encourage parents and those with scoliotic spines to opt for focused scoliosis treatment. Accurate diagnosis, customized treatment plans that include focused exercise rehabilitation can make scoliosis better. In our center, we have even reversed curves. As mentioned, it is essential to diagnosis or detects scoliosis as early as possible. Mild curves have a much better chance for full recovery.
What is the Main Symptom of Scoliosis?
The most apparent symptom of scoliosis is the visible curvature of the spine. It is usually mild and occurs slowly over time, and as such, it is easy to miss. However, there are some tell-signs. In scoliosis one of the shoulders or hips may appear or look higher than the other. Also, there may be a bump or a hump on one side of the upper or mid back. It may even cause malformation of the ribcage. In other words, ribs may also appear protruding on one side, caused by chest rotation and rib bones.
Scoliosis is generally not painful, if patients with scoliosis experience back pain, it may be necessary to investigate further what causes them. Severe scoliosis can result in cardiac and lung mechanical restrictions. Additional stress on vital organs can lead to reduced lung capacity and cardiac output, which causes symptoms such as stiffness of the back, limitation in range of motion towards one side or even shortness of breath.
What Percentage of the Population has Scoliosis?
Scoliosis affects up to 25% of the population. In some countries, it impacts one out of every 4-5 individuals. In other words, it is a common abnormal spine curvature needing urgent attention.
What are the Common Types of Scoliosis?
The most common type of scoliosis is idiopathic adolescent scoliosis. IAS or idiopathic adolescent scoliosis accounts for up to 50% of the diagnosed cases in older kids and teenagers between the ages of 10-18 where there is sideways curvature or scoliosis present. The idiopathic adolescent scoliosis is a sideways curvature that has the second highest risks of progression. In fact, 70% of diagnosed cases of IAS progress rapidly. Progression is most rapid during the first two years of puberty. According to published research, 50% of the progressed cases of adolescent scoliotic will require surgery. Therefore, accurate diagnosis and targeted non-surgical treatments are the highest priority for parents with scoliotic kids.
The second most common type is the juvenile idiopathic scoliosis or JIS. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis is present in 15-20% of younger kids aged 4-9. JIS will always progress. JIS or juvenile idiopathic scoliosis has the second highest rate of progression. The only form that has a higher rate of progression is infantile scoliosis. Parents with younger scoliotic kids need to heed the warning and opt for customized treatments as soon as a sideways curvature is detected. Scoliosis is diagnosed when the curve is greater than 10-degrees. But, when it comes to kids under the age of nine any curve that measures greater than 7-degrees should be treated conservatively before it reaches the 10-degrees mark.
The other two common types of scoliosis are the adult scoliosis and infantile scoliosis. Both of these conditions are described briefly in the heading below.
How Common is a Scoliotic Spine in Babies and Older Adults?
Infantile idiopathic scoliosis is the sideways curvatures diagnosed in infants and toddlers up to the age of 3. Infantile scoliosis is often the result of congenital diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions. Another common finding with infantile scoliosis is muscular dystrophy (MD). Muscular dystrophy or MD is a congenital disease that leads to rapid and progressive weakness in skeletal muscles that cause abnormal curvature in an infant’s spine. As such, infantile idiopathic scoliosis is the most dangerous form and as such needs urgent medical attention. To conclude, toddlers below the age of 3 should best thoroughly assess for muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions implicated with scoliosis. A neurologist is a perfect specialist for proper assessment of infantile scoliosis.
Adult scoliosis is categorized into two types: the adult degenerative scoliosis and the adult idiopathic scoliosis. These are cases diagnosed in those aged 18 and over. But, the adult degenerative scoliosis is a condition diagnosed in the middle-aged or elderly. Adult scoliosis (idiopathic and degenerative types of scoliosis) are present in 8-10% of adults. These curves can progress at a rate of 1 to 2-degrees yearly. In other words, adults with sideways curvatures need corrective care as do kids and teenagers.
Can Inversion Table Help Scoliosis?
Simply put, inversion therapy is not helpful. Inversion tables and scoliosis have not proven effective in scoliosis treatment or management. We know some centers utilize them. But, by and large, they are ineffective. While inversion tables may provide relief for stiff backs, but little help is provided to the scoliotic spine. in scoliosis, the primary source of progression is twisting of bones. Inversion tables will not un-twist or de-rotate the spine. Also, prolonged hanging upside down (inversion) could cause more health issues, especially for kids.
Scoliosis treatment must be targeted, specific, customized to meet the therapeutic needs of scoliotic patients. These are the essential qualities that inversion therapy misses. In other words, inversion therapy is not specific enough and could even make matters worse. Take out advice and stay away from inversion therapy tables or methods if you have scoliosis. In our opinion, center or online forums that encourage you to buy inversion tables for scoliosis should be avoided. So, the final word of inversion tables and scoliosis: stay away from them.
Can any Physiotherapist or Chiropractic Center Treat Scoliosis?
The key to proper and timely management is early detection followed by appropriate care. Treating scoliosis is not the same as treating general spine or back problems. Treatments must be targeted and specific for the given condition. Most important is the exercise program. Far too many centers ask patients to do rotational exercises or lots of bending and twisting. Rotational activities or excessive bending and twisting of the spine, can, in fact, make scoliosis worse. In short, the standard treatment offered by most centers is ineffective as they lack specificity.
Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers the most comprehensive scoliosis treatment program. Our centers have developed specific scoliosis treatment programs that meet the therapeutic goals of a scoliotic patient. Best of all, the care you get from us is customized and specific to your spine’s needs. Chiropractic Specialty Center® has been helping Malaysians live healthy active lives for the last ten years. If you are in pain, trust our knowledge, skills, and experience. Call us today at 03-2093 1000 for more information about our treatments and locations.
Targeted low force spinal adjustments in scoliosis treatment of our patients are through an instrument known as the “Activator.”
The chiropractic adjustments rendered for scoliosis in our centers vary widely than those offered by others; this holds especially true for our younger scoliosis patients. We do not and will not use the side bending and twisting chiropractic methods, as kids with scoliosis already have too much bending and twisting in their spines.
The Chiropractors and Physiotherapists of a Chiropractic Specialty Center® will suggest heel lifts if warranted. The purpose of heel lifts is to provide stability and balance the inequalities if discovered during the leg length analysis.
Apart from what we have said already, Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers flexion/distraction treatment. Flexion/ distraction is an effective, safe and gentle treatment used in conjunction with chiropractic care on patients. This procedure enhances therapeutic benefits and maximizes the effectiveness of each scoliosis treatment in Malaysia.