Your chiropractor in Grand Rapids wants you to know that there is a big difference between bad posture and the condition known as scoliosis. Whereas bad posture is easily correctable, scoliosis, an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, is considerably more difficult to alter. If you aren’t familiar with the presentation of scoliosis, you may unintentionally confuse it with poor posture because commonly an individual who has scoliosis looks as if he or she is leaning to one side.
But, there are one or two ways to tell the difference between poor posture and scoliosis even before calling for your consult with your Grand Rapids chiropractor. If you were to look at an individual with scoliosis in a standing position, you would probably notice that one shoulder is higher than the other, and that the scapula (shoulder blade) is raised or more prominent. You would likely see a wider space between the arm and the body on one side if the person’s arms were hanging loosely at his or her sides. Additionally, one hip may be higher or more pronounced than the other. And finally, the head will not look as if it is in plumb with the pelvis.
Scoliosis symptoms can be mild; however, if the curve and rib rotation are dramatic enough, both pulmonary and cardiac functions can be restricted. The cause of scoliosis in 85 percent of cases is unknown. This type of scoliosis (Idiopathic) tends to run in families and is considered to have a genetic component.
Idiopathic Scoliosis commonly develops during adolescence when the body is completing its last major growth spurt. This type of scoliosis is most frequently found in girls. A scoliotic curve, if found, should be monitored for any progression. Your chiropractor in Grand Rapids will not only provide periodic examinations, but will suggest standing x-rays if needed.
Because most scoliotic curvatures are mild to moderate, a brace is unnecessary. Therefore, regular chiropractic care, in these cases, is therapeutic in both in decreasing and adjusting any compensatory musculoskeletal conditions that can take place.