Signs of Scoliosis

Posted by Patricia Benson on December 12, 2016

Posture exam: Look at the person face-to-face. Are one of their shoulders higher than the other?

Balance test: 100% of people with scoliosis exhibit poor balance. Are they able to walk a line, one foot in front of the other with eyes closed? Or do they stagger and struggle through it?

Check clothing: Parents report that sometimes the horizontal stripes on their child's clothing hang diagonally. This can be due to body distortion.

Visualize the spine:Look at person's back with shirt removed. Does one side of their rib cage appear to stick out farther? Is one shoulder blade more prominent than the other?

There is an exciting new protocol that can reliably fix or reduce scoliosis using chiropractic care. The protocol combines spinal adjusting, new rehab technology, and concepts to properly rehab a scoliosis patient back to a normal spine.

In most medical and radiology textbooks, scoliosis is defined as a lateral curvature (a person's spine is crooked looking from the front) of the spine measuring more than 10 degrees. When scoliosis is diagnosed in early adolescence (usually females), it has a 40-80% chance of becoming markedly worse. Many times bracing or invasive correction surgery is tne required to limit the effects of excessive rib cage distortions that can compromise normal functions of the heart and lungs.

Often times, scoliosis is ignored or simply remains undetected throughout most of a person's life, until finally the scoliosis places so much stress on surrounding muscles that they are constantly in pain or spasm. As a result, many people fail to receive the help they desperately need until it is much too late! Those who are young in years, especially adolescents, are especially susceptible of being overlooked. Complaints of back or leg pain are common during younger years and can be easily mistaken for "normal growing pains."

Possible Health Concerns With Untreated Scoliosis

Heart problems with left thoracic curves
Lung problems in persons with large thoracic curves
There is a 15% mortality rate of untreated scoliosis
What Are My Options?

Unfortunately, most conservative treatments such as physical therapy or traditional chiropractic have shown little success in the correction of scoliosis. With so few known alternatives for the scoliosis patient, there is no wonder why so many practitioners within today's healthcare system ascribe to a "wait and see" strategy. This passive approach (hands off) offers little more than continuous monitoring of a progressive bad situation. However, here at the Advanced Spinal Health, manual treatment has been combined with new forms of spinal rehabilitation that many doctors have not yet even seen. In fact, Advanced Spinal Health is currently the only clinic in the area that can provide this type of spinal rehabilitation. Armed with this treatment protocol, Advanced Spinal Health is helping to correct scoliosis and many times assist individuals to avoid bracing and/or invasive spinal surgery that typically must be repeated in time.

Should I "Wait and See?"

Advanced Spinal Health has helped sponsor medical research demonstrating the effectiveness of these new rehabilitation procedures. While acting as clinic director, Dr. Bernard Fuh has witnessed the successful treatment of both adolescents and adults afflicted with this life altering disorder. I urge you, "please do not rely on the wait and see treatment method used by so many doctors today." Have your child examined for scoliosis as soon as reasonably possible. If you suspect that you or someone you know has scoliosis, then call our office, we can help.

What Can I Do?

Awareness of scoliosis is simply the beginning. Immediate action is required to limit or arrest any future progression.

Even though limitations do exist, there is much that can be done to improve one's quality of life and avoid serious complications.

Becoming to the signs of scoliosis will help you tell others about the positive changes that can be held regarding their condition. If you know of someone who suffers with scoliosis, inform them of Advanced Spinal Health. What you say can change a life.