A Quick Guide to Scoliosis

Sovereign-Logo-Facebook1According the Clear Scoliosis Institute, scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity in school-aged kids. It affects over 4 million people nationwide, and most adults with scoliosis require some type of long-term care.

Statistics aside, scoliosis is also a condition that many people have heard of, but few know very much about.

This quick fact sheet will help give you a better understanding of this common, but sometimes debilitating, spinal condition.

What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition that causes a sideways curve in the spine. It is typically diagnosed during the growth spurt that happens at the onset of puberty, and while the main cause of the most common cases of scoliosis is still unknown, diseases such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy have been known to contribute to its development.

In rare cases, the curvature in the spine is so severe that it can become disabling, but in mild cases, no treatment is usually necessary outside of monitoring by a physician.

Signs of scoliosis
Common signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulders, a shoulder blade that appears more pronounced than the other, one hip positioned higher than the other, or an uneven waist.

Scoliosis diagnosis
Scoliosis is diagnosed by a doctor. In most cases, the doctor will have the child stand and then bend at the waist, looking to see the line of the spine and checking to see if one side of the rib cage is more pronounced than the other.

An X-ray is used to confirm the diagnosis.

Scoliosis treatment at Sovereign Rehabilitation
If you or your child are living with scoliosis, a diagnosis believed to persist for a lifetime, give Sovereign Rehabilitation a call. Our licensed therapist have been certified in the Schroth Method, and are able to provide you with one of the most progressive treatment and rehabilitation plans for your spinal condition.

Click here to learn more about the Schroth Method, and call our offices today to schedule your initial appointment.

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