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Scoliosis

Overview

Scoliosis refers to an abnormal, sideways curvature in your spine (backbone). Everyone has a natural, slight curvature to their spine, but, with Scoliosis, the curve is much more significant and can hinder movement, cause pain, and affect what otherwise would be natural, everyday activities. Most Scoliosis cases begin to occur as an adolescent, typically during a growth spurt, as this is when your backbone will undergo the most stress and change in growth. Scoliosis typically causes the spine to form sideways in the shape of an "S" or a "C", and can cause severe disability.

What causes Scoliosis?

While most Scoliosis cases are idiopathic or, in other words, developed spontaneously, many cases are congenital, which means the Scoliosis is present at birth. A fraction of cases also develop due to a number of muscular diseases that directly cause the spine to grow abnormally. Although most believe genetics to be a cause of adolescent idiopathic Scoliosis, there is no scientific evidence to back that theory, and many tend to fall back on natural growth spurt malfunctions. With congenital Scoliosis, the fetus simply fails to take correct form and is birthed with the disease.

What are the symptoms of Scoliosis?

Symptoms for Scoliosis are very limited. Typically, there are none. However, Scoliosis can cause an obvious and significant sideways curve in the spine, which, in turn, causes pain in the lower back and restricted movement. This can also cause uneven hip and shoulder alignment.

How is Scoliosis diagnosed?

Patients typically undergo a physical exam from their physician in order to diagnose Scoliosis. Typically, the patient is asked to remove his or her shirt and bend over, allowing the physician to better see the spine, as bending over tightens the back and causes the spine to protrude. If recommended, an X-ray will be performed to see the spines total irregular shape and alignment.

How is Scoliosis treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of the Scoliosis. Some cases do not need treatment at all, while others may call for back braces and physical therapy. In severe cases of Scoliosis, surgery may be recommended to straighten out the backbone as much as possible, but is usually only recommended after the patient has passed his growth spurt. In any case, Scoliosis is a significant disease, and seeing a physician is highly recommended.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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