A scoliosis, in simplistic terms, is a noticeable and progressive curvature to the SIDE in the spine. It must be diagnosed by a trained health professional via Xray after clinical suspicion has been determined.
Approximately 80% of scoliosis will develop in adolescents with a high proportion being females who are pre puberty. Generally, the earlier in age the idiopathic scoliosis is detected along with higher curvature angle; the chance the progression will be more rapid during peak growth. In these cases, specific exercises and bracing is crucial for reversal and progression control.
Often, as children enter puberty changes, parents or guardians may notice a sudden or gradual thoracic hump when bending forward. This can sometimes be just postural however there may be an underlying scoliosis. There is no clinical correlation that scoliosis results in pain and in fact many people with scoliosis are only really concerned with the aesthetic aspect (the way they look).
Trigg Chiropractic is an evidence-based practice. This means we adhere to practical guidelines set out in International Standards of treatment and monitor our scoliosis closely for progression and refer as soon as we see any progression clinically and radiologically, as per the SOSORT guidelines.
If a mild scoliosis is detected, we offer symptom control, postural and lifestyle advice and monitor closely for progression. If a progression is noted, we refer either to your GP for specialist management or Perth Scoliosis Clinic for specific exercise prescription.
Please note, poor management of Scoliosis can be detrimental so it is paramount that you find a practitioner who adheres to Evidence Based Guidelines. If you would like more information on the management of moderate to severe scoliosis, you can see the website for Perth Scoliosis Clinic : http://perthscoliosisclinic.com/our-team/