Chiropractic care is all about active care, not a "wait and see approach"

When it comes to your spine, there are curves we want, and curves we don’t. You may be familiar with some of the terminology already. The neck and low back, for example, have a forward curve called a “lordosis.” The mid back and tail bone go the opposite way, and that is called a “kyphosis.” They’re vital to maintaining proper posture, and are examples of good curves that we should see from the side. We provide scoliosis care custom tailored for your conditions.

A scoliosis, however, is not a good curve to have.

When you think of strong, weight-bearing structures, what comes to mind? The tall, straight marble columns of the ancient Romans that still stand today. The massive and iconic sky-scrapers seen on the Atlanta skyline from miles away. Your spine is no different when we view it from behind. And as soon as Dr. Adler sees something causing that abnormal curvature, we address it.

“As crazy as it may seem, the standard for non-chiropractic scoliosis care is a ‘wait and see’ approach! At Adler Family Chiropractic, we take a thorough exam and immediately begin with a hands-on approach,” Dr. Adler said.

Research has proven that early and active intervention is vital in the treatment and reversal of scoliosis. Waiting and seeing can lead to worsening of those abnormal, sideways curves, which can lead to issues with not only your posture and pain, but also – in severe cases – complications to the heart and lungs.

Adler Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new scoliosis patients from Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming and all of North Fulton County, GA.  Click here to schedule your appointment today.

Questions & Answers about Scoliosis

by David N. Adler, DC

Before we can answer any questions, there are some terms you need to know. Dr. Adler specializes in the detection and correction of the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex.” Vertebral subluxation is a condition where spinal vertebrae are not in the correct alignment and create changes in the ability of the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body clearly both from the brain to the body and the body back to the brain. This causes a less than optimal function and adaptability of the body.

What is a scoliosis?

Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral or sideways development / adaptation of the spine. These side way movements can be a just a few degrees (less than 20) to significant (more than 20 degrees). Some scoliosis cases are hereditary, and are more often seen in girls. Other causes can include trauma and are compensatory. These are usually found following accidents, birth trauma, etc.but can only be caused simply by poor posture, or daily, repetitive motions.

How can a chiropractor help?

The chiropractic approach to scoliosis is a hands-on one. Examining and analyzing the spine, chiropractors will adjust the subluxations of the spine, and also assign corrective exercises. Of course, this will include monitoring of the spine but the most important distinction is that care is active and ongoing. The conventional, non-chiropractic approach includes a base line x-ray evaluation followed by a “wait and see how bad it gets” attitude that can allow the condition to worsen, create more imbalance and pain, and could end in surgery.

My child was screened at school and told they may have a scoliosis. Do you treat children?

“The scoliosis screening at our local schools can be a great first step, but if the person doing the screening isn’t a medical doctor or a chiropractor – and they rarely are – then you could have gotten an incorrect diagnosis, or a missed finding. There is too much uncertainty and waiting when it comes to scoliosis treatments outside the chiropractic office. Why wait and see? Come in and be seen!”,  Dr. Adler says.

The screening for a scoliosis is straight-forward, and even something you can do at home. Look at your child from the back. Are the shoulders even? Does one scapula (wing bone) stick out more than the other? Do the spinous processes (the bony dots on the back of the spine) go straight, or do they shift from the center?

To further assess: Have your child stand straight up, and look at their spine. See if you can identify any of the findings discussed in the previous paragraph. Then, have your child bend forward and try to touch their toes, and see if anything shifts or humps in the lower back or upper back. You can also look to see if the fingertips are even when they bend over fully.

If any of these signs are present or if you are unsure then a call to our office would be the best first step.

 

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Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral or sideways development / adaptation of the spine.

These sideway movements can be a just a few degrees (mild – less than 20) to significant (more than 20 degrees). Some scoliosis cases are hereditary and more often seen in girls and other from trauma or compensatory due to; accidents, birth trauma, etc.

Conventional treatment includes a base line x-ray evaluation followed by a “wait and see how bad it gets” approach. The chiropractic approach is hands-on. Examining and analyzing the spine, chiropractors will adjust the subluxations of the spine but will also assign corrective exercises. Of course, this will include monitoring of the spine but the most important distinction is that care is active and ongoing and not “wait and see”.

The screening for a scoliosis is quite straightforward. Look at your child from the back. Are the shoulders even? Does one scapula (wing bone) stick out more than the other? Do the spinous processes (bony dots on the back of the spine) go straight or do they shift from the center?

The standard tests done a school scoliosis screening is also easily done at home. Have your child stand straight up and look at the spine. See if you see any of the findings discussed in the previous paragraph. Then the next step is to have your child bend forward and check their spines for any shifting or humps in the lower back or upper back. You can also look to see if the fingertips are even when they bend over fully. If any of these signs are present or if you are unsure then a call to our office would be the best first step.