Scoliosis is a sideways bending of the spine greater than ten degrees, accompanied by rotation (twisting) of the spine. It is commonly first noticed in childhood or adolescence, and the curve often progresses rapidly as the child grows.
If left untreated, it can lead to severe spinal deformity and long term issues such as chronic pain and early spinal degeneration.
Examinations need to be performed during the ‘growth spurt” phase of development when the trunk of the body grows greater than the legs. This happens in females at 10 – 12 years of age and in males at 12 – 14 years of age. Scoliosis is far more prevalent in females than males.
Movable braces and specific scoliosis rehabilitation exercises are available, prescribed by experts, to decrease the scoliosis if caught during the growth spurt phase of development.
Helpful hints for parents:uneven shoulders, uneven waist or hips, leaning to one side, noticeable “S” shape bend of the spine, one prominent shoulder blade, a bump on the side of the spine with a forward bend.
Adults can acquire scoliosis as a result of the spine degeneration by incorrect loading. The damage is unable to be reversed, however, pain relief is possible and further damage can be slowed with Chiropractic treatment, rehabilitation and a home exercise programme.
Longueville Road Chiropractic is providing free consultations for girls 10 – 12 years of age and boys 12 – 14 years of age. Please phone for an appointment.
Many scoliosis cases can be cared for by Chiropractors and CBP has strong evidence of success here. The Sydney Scoliosis Clinic is at the forefront of corrective scoliosis care particularly for advanced cases. We assess our clients at LRCC and refer when required for corrective exercises (and bracing if required). This clinic has strong ties with CBP.
For more information on scoliosis please refer to the www.scolicare.com.au website.