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Scoliosis: The

Dr. David Koivuranta - March Issue
Dr. David Koivuranta

At one time, perhaps fifteen years ago give or take, it was common for our children to be screened at school for a "crooked" spine. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Therefore, parents and the public in general should be made aware of this abnormal condition.

A healthy spine has four curves when viewed from the side or on a person's profile: one in the neck, one in the mid back, one in the low back, and one in the tailbone region. These four curves act as a shock absorber to distribute the forces and stresses we place on our spine everyday thanks to gravity. In fact, the spine has an increased resiliency of sixteen times compared to a structure of the same design with no curves. Mother Nature's blueprint for the human frame definitely had a purpose.

From front to back or when viewing the spine straight on, in contrast, the spine should be straight as a board. This provides stability to our shock absorbing spinal column that is made of 26 bones and over 75 joints. When abnormal curves or a scoliosis is present, trouble begins to occur. Vertebrae (the bones in the spine) no longer sit where they should and cannot move the way they should. This irritates the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. More importantly, the spinal cord housed within the vertebrae is stressed and the nerves that exit the spine to innervate and control the function of all parts of our body are impaired. This has a significant impact on our health, if not immediately, then surely over time. The abnormal movement and function creates not only pain but also other health concerns such as the altered function of vital organs and body structures.

Research shows that as many as 30.4% of children aged 12-15 years have a history of back pain, a much higher prevalence than previously thought (Olsen et al., 1992). Things to look for in your child and other individuals include:

  • Head not held level and erect.
  • Shoulders unleveled or unbalanced.
  • When bending forward, one side of the back is higher or lower than the other side.
  • Unleveled waistband while wearing pants.
  • When lying flat, one leg is longer than the other is.
  • Walking with the toes pointing in or out.
  • Discomfort with periods of sitting, sleeping or activity.

Doctors of Chiropractic are specially trained to recognize and treat disorders of the spine and nervous system. They are the only health care professionals to focus on maintaining health by influencing the nervous system to function at its best and allowing the body to heal and control itself. Most chiropractors conduct scoliosis screenings to help prevent future complications of the "crooked" spine and to begin early treatment as needed. This preventative measure is necessary because, as the saying goes, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree". Ensure your child has a fair start to good health and schedule your scoliosis screening today.