Back to School – Part 3 – Scoliosis

Scoliosis – normally called Idiopathic scoliosis, meaning “unknown” cause of scoliosis by the medical doctors.

Well, not so fast, I am not a medical doctor but I do know the spine and the nervous system and I can tell you that there are some common issues that may contribute to scoliosis.
–  short leg
–  poor posture (think “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree”
–  upper cervical (neck) injury

The earlier this is detected, the earlier it can be corrected – and ideally prevented.  Otherwise, as the child grows and matures the curvatures increase and worsen, both distorting the spine and more importantly, function of the nervous system. 

Where I get “compissionate” (ask me), is that during a physical a medical doctor will perhaps notice a postural distortion and then schedule that child for x-rays, which is fine, BUT really, the medical paradigm only has medications and surgery as its tools.  It can use a brace so that “it doesn’t get worse” which has mixed results (according to “their” research).  So unfortunately, often the child is sent home and told to return in six months for more xrays to see if it got worse or best case… stayed the same.  Is that health?  Too bad, you’re not likely to get a referral to our office –  Coke doesn’t tell you to drink Pepsi.  And your child suffers.  Are you as frustrated as I am?  If you’re reading this, you’re not likely even needing to read this rant, but your friend, sister, mom, kids does… send them this link please!

Shameless plug: but we have scoliosis screenings at the office.  No obligation and in fact, I LOVE saying the following… “You’re healthy!  No scoliosis and the nervous system is clear” — that’s like finding out you have no cavities at the dentist.

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