Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine (spine) , characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. There are several types of scoliosis. The most common form, 80% of cases, is called ” idiopathic “. Despite the fact that the exact cause is unknown, certain factors such as connective tissue diseases (tissues supporting and connecting organs and other body structures), diet, muscle imbalances, dysfunctions of the vertibular apparatus or heredity have been associated with the development of idiopathic scoliosis. Some types of scoliosis can appear from birth, while others appear in adolescence.
The main signs are:

  • One shoulder may be taller than the other.
  • A shoulder blade (scapula) may be higher or more obvious.
  • Once the subject is tilted until its column is horizontal, one side of the back may look higher or reveal a “hump”.
  • Keeping your arms around your body, you can see more space on one side between the arm and the body.
  • One side of the hip may be higher or more obvious.
  • The head can be offset from the pelvis.

Short-term and long-term consequences

For most people, the symptoms are not very pronounced and may go unnoticed. However, even mild scoliosis can lead to abnormalities in the function of the spinal nerves, discs, vertebrae and ligaments . Scoliosis brings postural fatigue (feeling tired while standing or sitting, etc.), problems of balance and an imbalance of the trunk musculature. If scoliosis is severe, it can progress, that is to say, increase in amplitude and cause respiratory, digestive and cardiac problems accompanied by severe pain in the neck and back and psychological suffering.

The chiropractic approach

The chiropractor can diagnose if you have scoliosis. He can evaluate it by taking x-rays and following up on them. If scoliosis is severe and out of the chiropractor’s field of practice, the chiropractor will refer you to the most appropriate specialist for your condition. The chiropractic approach aims to reduce muscle spasm, pain and inflammation. The treatment aims to increase mobility and to rehabilitate the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.

Source: OCQ -Order of Chiropractors of Quebec – OCQ

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