Pediatric and Adolescent Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition in which the bones of a child’s spine bend and turn in an abnormal manner causing abnormal curvatures in the spine. The majority of cases of scoliosis originate in otherwise healthy youngsters and are idiopathic, which means that there is no apparent reason. Idiopathic scoliosis can affect anybody at any age, although its most common onset occurs during growth spurts, usually starting between the ages of 10 and 11. These children may not be experiencing any pain or discomfort but you may notice some common postural issues when taking a closer look. These postural distortions commonly present with shoulder un-leveling, scapular winging, rotation of the hips and shoulders, and un-leveling of the pelvis, uneven leg length, just to name a few.
What is the cause of pediatric and adolescent scoliosis?
Scoliosis in kids and adolescents can be divided into three categories
- Idiopathic scoliosis – which is the most common type. Idiopathic means that the cause is unknown. This is the one that presents the most and typically doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort.
- Congenital scoliosis is pretty rare. Congenital means that the person was born with it and there may be a genetic component.
- Neuromuscular scoliosis is a curvature of the spine caused by irregularities in the muscles and nerves that support the spine. Examples include patients with muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy.
How is pediatric and adolescent scoliosis diagnosed at Functional Wellness Center?
An evaluation for scoliosis has several steps:
- A family history of scoliosis might be discovered during a comprehensive medical history, which your doctor will begin with. The doctor will ask about any known birth defects or trauma that may help to explain the curvature of the spine.
- The doctor will then conduct a physical and neurological examination of your child’s back, chest, pelvis, legs, feet, and skin. The doctor will look at your child’s posture to see if there are any postural issues/distortions when looking from behind such as shoulder un-leveling, twisting of the ribcage, winging of the scapula, etc. They will also look at your child’s posture from the side to see if there is rounding of the shoulder blades, anterior head translation, etc.
- The doctor will then instruct the child to bend forward and inspect the back muscles, as well as determine whether one side of the rib cage is taller than the other.
- When examining the limbs, the doctor will be looking for any differences in length. He or she will also look for abdominal muscle strain, which might cause spinal curvature.
- Full Spine x-rays of the spine will be done as part of a physical examination to confirm scoliosis. Your child will stand for the x-ray since they need to be taken with the child weight bearing. The doctor will then examine those x-rays and determine the best treatment plan for your child if they are a candidate for care.
How is Scoliosis treated at Functional Wellness Center?
We have different ways of treating scoliosis in our office. We are a specialty office that specializes in curvature correction and postural correction. We do this by giving the patient-specific mirror image exercises which help to shift the spine into its proper position. We provide specific postural adjustments to provide movement in the spine, and we do patient-specific spinal traction that puts the spine in the mirror image position. We also give specific exercises and spinal traction devices that the patients do at home. With these four things, we get amazing results and commonly help our patients avoid bracing and unnecessary surgeries. We believe that you should not just wait until the scoliosis progresses to a certain point before taking action. We believe that you should do everything possible to not only correct the scoliosis but to make sure that it does not progress, which it statistically will if left untreated. At Functional Wellness Center in Scottsdale Arizona, we provide state-of-the-art care utilizing the most advanced and researched techniques to ensure that our patients get the care they need. If you would like more information, please give us a call at 480-874-3000 or visit our website at www.chiropractorscottsdale.com.
Functional Wellness Center
7555 E. Osborn Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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