Scoliosis

Some researchers believe that the start of a scoliosis happens in the neck or the hips.  Usually this starts with a small injury or incident that usually goes unnoticed.  This creates an area of muscle tension which then starts to curve the spine through the bodies balancing system. Fixing these small imbalances are easily done with a chiropractic adjustment.

A scoliosis is defined in medicine as a curvature of the spine into and S-shape from behind the body.  This is a very common problem in Vietnam that can be prevented greatly with correction at an early age.  It can start at any time in a person’s life from youth until adulthood.  In most people it won’t cause severe problems but in some it can interfere with their lives tremendously.  Around 70% of scoliosis patients are idiopatic which means it has an unknown cause.  The rest of the scoliosis cases can come from a genetic origin, birth defect or severe injury.

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Normal vs Spine with scoliosis.

How do you know if you have a scoliosis?

Most people will recognize changes in their posture as a scoliosis develops.  When you look in the mirror, you will see one shoulder or your hip will begin to appear than the other, your walk may change, or you may have a rotation of your chest and ribs appear suddenly.  Some people will also begin to notice back pain as a result of a scoliosis but not as many as you would think.  Pain is usually on felt in more advanced cases of scoliosis that have been affecting someone for a long period of time.

To prevent scoliosis especially in growing children you should have them screened regularly every 6 months to make sure they don’t start to develop a spinal curvature during growth spurts.  This screening can be easily performed by Maple Healthcare’s qualified Chiropractic doctor.

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Scoliosis screening can be easily performed by Maple healthcare’s qualified Chiropractic doctor.

What causes a scoliosis?
  • Unknown: 80% of scoliosis cases are what we call idiopathic or unknown in origin. Most likely related to mild trauma or accidents.  Some doctors theorize small injuries cause tight muscles which then the body grows around and this causes the curvature to develop.
  • Neurological conditions: Conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy can cause abnormal muscular gait and spasms leading to scoliosis development.
  • Congenital: This is very rare but some people are born with an abnormally developed spine when the child is first forming.
  • Leg length:  If one leg is longer than the other it will cause an abnormal tilt in the hips which can then cause a scoliosis to develop
Signs you could have a scoliosis:
  • One shoulder is higher than the other
  • When you look in the mirror your head is tilted or not in line with the pelvis
  • Your ribs are not symmetrical or rotated out of place
  • One shoulder blade is more prominent or further back than the other
  • Uneven legs or you lean to one side more often

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Signs you could have a scoliosis


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