Scoliosis is a condition characterised by a sideways curvature of the spine. The most common form of scoliosis develops during childhood, often without any particular cause. Early signs of scoliosis may include abnormal posture, slouching, one shoulder or one hip that is higher than the other, or uneven shoulder blades. A patient with scoliosis may experience symptoms such as pain, stiffness, muscle weakness and poor posture. In rare cases, scoliosis can be very severe and lead to heart and lung problems.
Scoliosis can affect both adults and children. In children it can be a more serious condition as the curvature can progress quickly as the child grows. It is important to recognise signs of scoliosis early and have your child assessed by a qualified health professional. If a scoliosis is detected early enough there is greater scope for treatment and the degree of the curvature can be monitored. The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic are trained to detect, assess and monitor the degree of curvature and decide whether the patient should be referred to another health professional for bracing or surgery.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn take a detailed history and perform a thorough examination in order to determine the severity of the scoliosis and any contributing factors. They then devise a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. The purpose of treatment is not to try to “straighten out” the curve but instead aims to decrease pain and stiffness and improve the function and strength of the spine. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue techniques and the prescription of home exercises to improve posture, movement and muscle strength. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.