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Spinal Condition – Scoliosis

Quick links for Spinal Conditions:
Back Pain, Pinched Nerve, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Slipped Disc,
Spinal Degeneration, Trauma, Whiplash.

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It begins as a postural distortion and may become a permanent deformity. Allowed to advance, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs. It mainly affects girls between the ages of 8 to 18.

Scoliosis seems to mainly affect girls between the ages of 8 to 18.

Scoliosis seems to mainly affect girls between the ages of 8 to 18.

Three Causes:

Congenital - genetic predisposition

Habitual – behavioural routines

Idiopathic – unknown cause

Regardless of cause, early detection is helpful.

Obvious Clues
An alert parent may notice that a high shoulder or low hip make clothing fit poorly or uneven shoe wear can offer a clue. Back and leg pains may develop but are often dismissed as ‘growing pains’.

Wait and See?

Allowed to run its course, scoliosis may often worsen. Severe cases may involve unsightly bracing or surgery that attaches steel rods, forcing the spine to straighten.

Natural Chiropractic Approach
A schedule of specific chiropractic adjustments may help improve the function and structure of the spine. As muscles are retrained and strengthened, posture may improve.

Frequently Asked Questions:

? Is a certain amount of sideways curvature normal?

Any type of sideways curvature is abnormal. From behind, the spine should appear straight. When scoliosis is present, there are usually two curves – a primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.

? Is scoliosis caused by a lack of calcium?

No. However, there are a growing number of people who believe uncorrected spinal damage from the birth process may be involved. Some theorise that early aged walkers may prematurely interrupt the crawling stage so essential for proper spinal development.

? Do heavy backpacks cause scoliosis?

Not necessarily, however this is a growing concern. Make sure your son or daughter use both shoulder straps on their backpack so the weight is evenly distributed. Weigh their bag. Make sure it doesn’t exceed 10% -15% of their body weight. And make sure that the shoulder straps are tightened and if possible, have a strap across the top part of the hips or pelvis.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 |