Scoliosis - once thought of only as spinal curvature; the
health care community now knows there are many factors to this disease.
If all of the components of Scoliosis are not addressed, treatment fails.
Recognizing this, and factoring all aspects of the disease into treatment,
correction is possible. The degree of correction depends on the
severity of the disease, the age of the patient, and the compliance a
patient shows to the treatment program.
Scoliosis is a disease which affects females nine times
more often than males. It is usually discovered in early adolescents,
often as the result of a school or sports physical. It tends to run
in families, but may not be evident in each generation.
The usual screening process for Scoliosis is to view the
person from the back and look for a high shoulder and/or a high hip.
Then, with the person bending forward at the waste, the examiner looks for
a "rib hump," meaning the ribs on one side are higher than the ribs on the
other. If these signs are present, the person is suspected of having
With this type of screening, the Scoliosis has to be
somewhat advanced to detect. If the person has a high shoulder or
high hip and Scoliosis is not suspected, they should see their
Chiropractor, as other spinal problems may be causing this body deformity.
There is a better screening method for Scoliosis which is
more sensitive. The Chiropractor uses a hands-on method to check for
equal motion / movement of the spine and rib cage. If motion is not
equal, a standing X-ray may be taken to further evaluate the presence and
degree of Scoliosis, if diagnosed.
|... now there's hope!
To be fully effective in treating Scoliosis, all
factors of Scoliosis must be addressed. The spinal curvature is
the obvious component of Scoliosis. Other factors of the
disease include rib deformities, rotation of the vertebra, pelvic
unleveling, muscle imbalance, nutritional factors, ligmentous laxity,
neurological factors such as proprioception (the brain does not
recognize what a straight spine is), and nocicption (pain), and gait
As stated before, if all of these factors are not
addressed, treatment for Scoliosis fails. Even surgery and
metal rods, which may initially reduce the curvature, fail to some
degree within the first year because many of these factors are
ignored. The dangers of surgery should always be avoided if an
effective alternative is available.
There IS such an alternative for Scoliosis!
Dr. David Routley was Board Certified in
Scoliosis through the International Scoliosis Research
Center. He can help determine if Scoliosis is present, if correction is
possible, and how much correction is possible.
The earlier treatment begins, the easier and faster
correction comes about. The less time the disease has to
progress and the smaller the curve, the more correction will be
Treatment should begin as soon as possible after a
diagnosis is made.