What is it?
Scoliosis is a spinal disorder that often occurs in childhood and adolescence where the spine curves to one side or the other resembling the letter ‘S’ or ‘C’, observable when looking from the back or front. There are many causes for scoliosis but most of the time, it is unknown for an individual. It could be genetic, neuro-muscular disorder or having poor posture. Scoliosis commonly occurs in young females (most commonly detected between ages of 10 to 18 years) but can also be evident in some males.
Scoliosis may result in pain or restricted movement due to imbalances in the muscles and restrictions in certain parts of the joints. Most of the time, it is painless, but has to be carefully monitored to identify if it worsens over time.
What can be done?
A non-surgical option for the management of scoliosis includes a combination of chiropractic care and active rehabilitation. Goals of care include preventing the progression of the curve, improving strength and range of motion which allow them to continue with their physical activities, sports and daily routines. We also utilise Scoliroll, which is a passive stretching method specifically to your curve.
Can this be prevented?
This depends on the cause of scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is non-preventable as it is determined by structural genetics, but functional scoliosis which is caused by muscle imbalances and poor posture can be prevented. It is very important for those with idiopathic scoliosis, especially around the ages of 9-18 years, to monitor their curve progression and to undergo rehabilitative care to manage it, as they are still growing and the chances for it worsening is highest at this age.