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 Scoliosis.

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 (walking).

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 achieved. 

Treatment should begin as soon as possible after a diagnosis is made.