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Part of female's back with scoliosis over grey

Scoliosis is a condition in which the individual’s spine has developed an unnatural curve. The spinal curvature can either be progressive or non-progressive and the symptoms can range from relatively unnoticeable to severe cosmetic issues to breathing difficulties. Although pain is not usually an issue, the muscles can become stressed or tightened, when the individual is subjected to certain physical tasks, such as working long hours at a desk job.

The condition is believed to be the result of both environmental and genetic elements. Other causes can be; Marfan syndrome, cerebral palsy, tumors and muscle spasms. Females are more prone to this condition as opposed to males and the condition is more likely to occur in adolescent years. In some cases, external braces or even surgery can be recommended. The instance of occurrence is about three percent of the population. Although some treatments are similar (i.e. bracing), scoliosis is not to be confused with kyphosis (roundback or hunchback).

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Scoliosis symptoms can include:

  • Leg lengths that are uneven
  • Uneven hips
  • Uneven arms
  • Uneven muscle structure on one side of the person’s spine
  • Shoulder blade that sticks out
  • Constipation
  • Painful menstruation
  • Neck, shoulders and back pain

Other symptoms may also be involved, which are related to uneven muscle structure.

Steps that are taken, in order to make a diagnosis, include:

  • Simple X-Rays taken in order to determine spinal curvature
  • The person’s walking mechanics (gait) is assessed
  • A complete neurological workup is performed (this is where other types of neurological diseases are rule out – such as spina bifida and neurofibromatosis).
  • The Adams Forward Bend Test
  • The utilization of a scoliometer

Treatment

The traditional Las Vegas medical treatment of scoliosis is extremely varied in method and complexity, depending on the cause(s), progression and severity of the condition. When it comes to adolescents and children, treatment usually involves:

Bracing – This treatment is effective in cases in which the patient is still in a growth stage, with additional bone growth remaining. This will halt the progression of the curvature so that it doesn’t reach the point in which surgery is needed. For adults, bracing can be used in order to relieve back pain.

Surgery – This form of treatment is used in cases in which major progression would be expected and in cases involving spina bifida and cerebral palsy or in any situation where normal functionality would be inhibited.

Observation – This is utilized in cases where progression can’t be definitively determined. Should the condition worsen, then a recommended course of action needs to be taken.

Alternative Treatment Options

The main types of alternative treatment options for scoliosis include; yoga, chiropractic medicine and physical therapy. While it’s noted that these forms of treatments are not as documented as traditional medical treatments, there is enough standing evidence to support both; usage as a complimentary treatment as well as further investigation regarding their effectiveness.

Physical Therapy

While general physical therapy has not been suggested for the treatment of scoliosis, scoliosis-specific exercises (SSE) have seen increasing popularity in Europe. As such, these techniques have been making their introductions in other corners of the world.

Yoga

This type of alternative scoliosis treatments can be effective, provided if they are administered by a highly skilled individual who is specifically aware of scoliosis issues. This is because the improper use of yoga techniques can be harmful to certain spinal configurations associated with scoliosis. For obtaining information regarding qualified sources for this therapy, you can perform research online.

Scoliosis-Specific Chiropractic

While standard chiropractic medicine has had some success with scoliosis, most of that success has come from being utilized as a compliment to traditional medicine. However, more advanced scoliosis-specific chiropractic techniques are being developed. At this time, the best way to proceed is to employ scoliosis-specific treatment as a complimentary therapy to traditional medicine, in cases where the scoliosis is mild. Also, in order to assist you in determining if a chiropractor is qualified in working with scoliosis, you can use this questionnaire as a guide.

When determining the scoliosis treatment that is right for you, you will want to seek advice from your doctor and a qualified Las Vegas alternative medical practitioner. This way, you will have access to the sufficient amount of information that you’ll need in order to make an informed decision.

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