Corrective Scoliosis Treatment
People with scoliosis will have abnormal curvature in the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, or cervical spine. When the bones of the spine are misaligned, it results in a side-bending deflection called scoliosis. It can impact the neck, upper back, mid-back, or the low back. Also, some forms are present in all regions of the spine. Our clinical teams are the 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 clinical successes are unmatched! We have changed the lives of many patients and hope to do the same for you.
Scoliosis is the presence of abnormal side-bending curvature of the spine. A Scoliotic curve is eight times more likely to occur in girls than in boys. It is affecting millions of kids, and it is becoming more common than a few decades ago.
Scoliosis Specific Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic is one of the few healthcare professions that focus on proper alignment for bones of the spine, as seen in 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 help realign bones of the scoliotic patient’s spine.
Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can result in a reduction of an abnormal lateral spinal curvature. The researchers of this published research studied the effect of chiropractic full-spine adjustment procedures, heel lifts, and postural counseling for children 9-15 years old with mild idiopathic scoliosis. However, for chiropractic treatment to be effective, it must not involve rotatory scoliosis treatment. Rotatory scoliosis treatment leads to the worsening of the curve. Therefore, for scoliosis patients to benefit from chiropractic, the chiropractor must use non-rotatory chiropractic treatment techniques.
Is Gonstead Chiropractic Treatment Good For Scoliosis?
Gonstead chiropractic treatment is great for mechanical back pain patients that do not have damaged spinal discs or damaged joints. It is more suited for the younger person that experiences mild to moderate pain. However, if you have scoliosis, torn muscles, injured ligaments, damaged joints, or a slipped disc (slip-disc), the Gonstead technique may not be suitable.
Rotatory chiropractic treatment methods such as the Diversified and Gonstead methods can worsen scoliosis curves or spines with damaged tissues. The main reason why the Diversified and Gonstead techniques can worsen a scoliotic spine is the rotatory (twisting and bending0 nature of these treatment methods. Therefore, for optimal results, opt for chiropractic techniques that do not bend or twist the spine. To date, the best such technology is through the Activator methods of chiropractic treatment.
Moreover, activator methods must be specific for the scoliotic conditions. In other words, the activator treatment you get must address the malpositioning and the bending and rotation of spinal bones. Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers the best-customized method of Activator treatment for scoliosis. Contact us today to learn more.
Scoliosis Treatment At The Chiropractic Specialty Center®
Chiropractic Specialty Center® does not provide rotatory scoliosis treatment. Our methods target these rotations for corrections: no bending, twisting, or inversion therapy table use. In short, you get the best research-based care that focuses on improving the alignment of bones in the spine and the muscles and ligament weakness. It all starts with a thorough clinical assessment.
We will take all the needed time to evaluate your child correctly. Our evaluation methods 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 establishing a customized scoliosis plan. Before going over the treatment options available at a Chiropractic Specialty Center®, it might help cover some information on scoliosis and forms of scoliosis.
What Are The Established Criteria For The Classification Of A Scoliotic Spine?
For diagnostic purposes, a sideways curvature, side-bending of the spine, or a scoliotic spine measures 10-degrees or more. It occurs when bones of the spine lose their natural position. The twisting and turning of the spinal bones are the leading cause of the scoliotic curve. The 10-degree rule came about 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 the progression of the twisting, bending, or tilting in bones of the spine (vertebrae).
If the bones of the spine continue to rotate and tilt out of position, the curve worsens. Progression of the curve leads to compression of nerve roots and pain. However, we should mention that most scoliotic conditions are asymptomatic. A painful scoliotic condition is typical of moderate or severe curves. In other words, curves that progress beyond a 30-degree mark can cause pain.
Furthermore, scoliosis cause pain in mild curves that progress rapidly. So, if you notice pain in mild or moderate curves, you may have a rapidly progressive scoliotic disorder. In such instances, you need pain relief as well as corrective care simultaneously.
Pain relief and corrective treatments that realign bones of the spine through chiropractic, physiotherapy, and scoliosis-specific exercise programs are crucial. Before discussing therapy options, let’s review the types of scoliotic conditions.
What Are The Common Forms Of Scoliotic Spine?
There are multiple forms of scoliosis. But, for our discussion, we will concentrate on the two most common types of scoliosis:
- Idiopathic Scoliosis
- Degenerative Scoliosis
What Is An Idiopathic Scoliosis?
The most common term or for the spine’s sideways curvature 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 groups of a scoliotic spine are termed idiopathic scoliosis.
The term idiopathic means the actual cause is unknown. In other words, an idiopathic scoliotic spine has no known reason. But, efforts are now made to identify the cause of adolescent scoliosis; unfortunately, there has not been an accepted theory as to the cause. However, there are varying theories about potential causes or exacerbation, including, but not limited to, hormonal imbalances, asymmetric growth, and 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 extreme degenerative changes have the highest risk factors in developing scoliosis in the mid or later stages of life. Degenerative forms do cause pain.
A degenerative scoliotic spine that causes pain can be rendered pain-free or asymptomatic. Visit our center today for targeted treatment options that get rid of your 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 A Scoliotic Spine?
There are few signs 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 thorough scoliosis assessment.
- Protruding Shoulder Blades: Winging scapula or protruded shoulder blade as 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 the 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. The scoliotic spine 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 signs, bring your loved one to a Chiropractic Specialty Center® for clinical assessment.
Early detection and targeted customized treatments and home care are essential in treatment of a scoliotic spine.
Polyclinics or general family practitioners may dismiss mild issues. Our advice to parents is to seek professionals that specialize in the conservative treatment of the scoliotic spine. In other words, visit us for an accurate diagnosis.
Can Scoliotic Spine Get Better?
Contrary to the common belief, a scoliotic spine can get better with targeted non-rotatory treatments. For best results, start a targeted corrective treatment program as early as possible. As mentioned, the scoliotic spine progress rapidly. Even the slightest curve worsens with time.
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 the curve better. In our center, we have even reversed curvatures. As mentioned, it is essential to diagnose or detects scoliosis as early as possible. Mild curves have a much better chance for a full recovery.
What Is The Main Symptom Of Scoliosis?
The most apparent symptom is a visible side bending 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 scoliotic conditions, 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 Scoliotic Types?
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 a sideways curvature or scoliosis present. Idiopathic adolescent scoliosis is a sideways curvature that has the second-highest risks of progression. 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 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 percentage of progression is the infantile type. Parents with younger scoliotic kids need to heed the warning and opt for customized treatments as soon as a sideways curvature is detected. A 10-degree curve is a hallmark for diagnosing the scoliotic spine. But, when it comes to kids under nine, curves measuring 7-degrees or less need focused treatment. The goal is to avoid the 10-degree mark!
The other two common types of scoliosis are adult scoliosis and infantile scoliosis. Both of these conditions are described briefly in the heading below.
How Common Is A Scoliotic Spine In Babies & Older Adults?
Infantile idiopathic scoliosis is the sideways curvatures diagnosed in infants and toddlers up to the age of 3. Infantile type is often the result of congenital diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or other neurological conditions. Another common finding with an infantile form 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, the infantile idiopathic scoliotic spine is the most dangerous form and, as such, needs urgent medical attention. To conclude, toddlers below the age of 3 should best thoroughly assess muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or other neurological conditions implicated with scoliosis.
Adult scoliosis falls into two categories or two types: adult degenerative scoliosis and adult idiopathic scoliosis. These are cases diagnosed in those aged 18 and over. But, 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 An Inversion Table Help Scoliosis?
Inversion therapy and inversion table are useless when it comes to scoliosis treatment. In other words, it 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, it is useless for the scoliotic spine. In scoliosis, the primary source of progression is the 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.
Some claim inversion tables provide scoliotic treatment by exercising the spine. Inversion table exercises for scoliosis are unheard of in published medical research — the notion where inversion table exercise for scoliosis is a myth concocted for marketing purposes. So, don’t fall for gimmicks!
Scoliosis treatment needs to be targeted, specific, customized methods to meet scoliotic patients’ therapeutic needs. 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 needs avoidance. So, the final word of inversion tables and scoliosis: stay away from them.
Which Is Better For Scoliosis: Physiotherapist Or Chiropractic?
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 make it 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. NSD Therapy® and non-surgical spinal decompression therapy are among some of the therapy options we offer for scoliosis. On a separate point, our methods of spinal decompression therapy or NSD Therapy are not painful. 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.
The Activator Method Of Chiropractic Treatment
The chiropractic adjustments rendered for the scoliotic spine in our centers vary widely than those offered by others; this holds especially true for our younger patients. We do 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 Physical Therapists 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.