Sep
01

Scoliosis and Chiropractic

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Chiropractic, Scoliosis

Your spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae that stack up one on top of the other to form a straight line when viewed from front to back. An abnormality called Scoliosis exists when the spine curves or twists excessively. In most cases of scoliosis, the cause is unknown. All of the discs, ligaments, tendons and muscles appear to be normal. In the other cases, it may be caused by a tumor, infection, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, disc problems or a birth deformity.

Three to five out of every 1,000 children develop spinal curves that are considered large enough to need treatment. Individuals of all ages with Scoliosis have been helped by chiropractic. Only doctors of chiropractic are specially trained to locate and correct vertebral subluxations (spinal abnormalities that can affect the entire body). A body that is free from subluxations is in a much better position to resist abnormalities and diseases of all kinds. Statistics show that if

Scoliosis is detected early in your child, chiropractic can help him/her achieve stabilization and reduction of the curves in more than 70% of cases—with total correction in 7% to 15% of patients. The most obvious signs of Scoliosis are uneven shoulder height, a loss of structural balance, a change in posture or unequal leg length. Braces or surgery are the typical treatments for Scoliosis. Braces are uncomfortable, unsightly and are usually worn 20 to 24 hours per day until the patient stops growing. There is no correction with braces and they are only minimally effective for stabilization—there is usually a gradual loss of correction over time.

Surgery is painful, dangerous, expensive and can be life-altering. Chiropractors feel that surgery should be the last alternative in treating Scoliosis. Recent research shows that the cause or important contributing factor of Scoliosis is a disturbance or defect in the area of the nervous system that controls posture, body balance and positioning—which reinforces the validity of the chiropractic approach.

To schedule a Scoliosis examination for your child, please call Dr. Noble Allman, Chiropractic Physician at (513) 727-2540. You can also reach us at www.allmanchiropractic.com and drallman@allmanchiropractic.com.

 

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