What is Scoliosis?

Symptom of Scoliosis

Causes of Scoliosis

Scoliosis Screening  

Treatment of Scoliosis




Scoliosis Screening  

Scoliosis often begins during childhood. In most schools, basic scoliosis screening is performed during physical education classes. The most common test is the Adam’s Forward Bending.It requires the person to bend at the waist as someone views the spinal alignment. If there is an abnormal prominence or hump, scoliosis may be suspected.

Early detection in children will allow for the good chances for stabilization and reduction of the curves as the child grows. Unfortunately in conventional medicine, the most common treatment approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets leading to unsightly braces or eventually surgery. In fact, however, the more growth that a person has remaining increases the chances of scoliosis getting worse. Therefore if you think you or your child has scoliosis, you need to seek for a professional examination as soon as possible to prevent its further development.

For Scoliosis Screening at Good Day Total Health Clinic, following examinations will be performed;

Detail Patient History Taking:
You will be examined to determine whether there is an underlying cause of the deformity. Our doctor looks at your overall health examining your spine as well as other factors of your lifestyle regarding questions including if there is any family history of scoliosis, recreational and work-related activities or if you have had any pain, weakness, previous injuries or other medical problems.

Physical Examination

The physical examination involves looking at the curve of the spine from the sides, front, and back. The person will be asked to undress from the waist up to better see any abnormal curves. The person will then bend over trying to touch their toes. The doctor will also look at the symmetry of the body to see if the hips and shoulders are at the same height. Any skin changes will also be identified that can suggest scoliosis due to a birth defect.

Orthopedic, Neurological, and Chiropractic Exam
Various Orthopedic, Neurological, and Chiropractic Exams will be performed. As parts of the exams the doctor will measure the length of the legs to determine unevenness. A range of motion test that measures the degree to which the patient has mobility at the waist will be performed as well.

Structure Balance Test
Healthcare professionals know alleviating pain in one part of your body often
requires treating a different part. The pain you feel in your neck could be caused by a misalignment in your spine that is caused by unbalanced positioning in your feet. These imbalances may occur even if you're not experiencing foot pain. Though they may go unnoticed, these imbalances contribute to postural misalignments, pain in areas throughout your body and fatigue.

Digital X-ray Exam
If the doctor believes that the patient has scoliosis, Digital X-ray Exam for the spine will be performed. After x-rays are obtained, it will be measured to determine how large of a curve is present. This can help decide what treatment is necessary. Measurements from future visits can be compared to see if the curve is getting worse or improve.