Scoliosis is a spinal curvature in which the spine is bent from side to side, and may, or may not, incorporate vertebral rotation. The most common areas involved are the lumbar (low back) and thoracic (mid back) areas. It usually starts in adolescence and progressively becomes more marked until spinal maturity (22-25 years of age).
To compensate for a lateral curve in the spine, another part of the spine
curves toward the opposite side to compensate. The cause of juvenile (idiopathic)
scoliosis is still unknown, but congenital reasons may exist such as a short leg or
a malformed vertebra. Scoliosis in some cases appear to be caused by a tilted
pelvis and/or weakened spinal muscles. In other instances it is believed that
a spinal injury during the growing years may be the source of a temporary curve.
Scoliosis is more prevalent in girls than in boys at a ratio of 8:1.
|Scoliosis is diagnosed by spinal and physical examination, and full
Treatment in children is usually by chiropractic spinal adjustments and specific stretching exercises.
Treatment in adults may involve a more rigorous program including spinal exercise to strengthen weakened muscles, chiropractic adjustments, and possibly a heel lift to level the spinal base.
Scoliosis screenings are performed in most schools, usually by the school nurse or by minimally trained teachers, before children participate in physical education (gym) classes. However, if you have any concerns about your child's spinal health, and live in the St. Johns, Michigan area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Graham for a professional evaluation.
İMid-Michigan Chiropractic Center
St. Johns, Michigan 48879