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How Is Scoliosis Classified And How Can It Be Treated

Scoliosis of the spine can be classified in two ways, and this article further defines Scoliosis and offers some way of treating the condition. Chiropractic can be an effective way of treating Scoliosis, so if you have the disease you may want to see a chiropractor today.

Scoliosis is derived from the Greek word “ Skolios” meaning twisted or crooked.  Scoliosis was traditionally thought of as a lateral deviation of the spine from the midsagittal plane.  In fact, Scoliosis of the spine is a three dimensional deformity involving a lateral spine curve, a rotation about a vertical axis and a decrease in the sagittal plane curves ( Kyphosis/Lordosis).

Scoliosis of the spine can be classified in two ways: 1. Structural Scoliosis 2. Non-structural Scoliosis.  A structural scoliosis is defined as a fixed curve which is nonflexible and fails to correct with side bending.  A non-structural scoliosis is defined as a flexible curve which corrects on side bending towards the convex side.

Structural scoliosis can be caused by:   1. Idiopathic (adolescent form is the most common form- 80 to 90% of all cases)   2. Neuromuscular  3.   Congenital  4.  Trauma   5. Neurofibromatosis  6.  Infection of Bone.  Non-structural scoliosis is typically caused by: 1.  Leg length inequality  2.  Antalgia from disc herniation  3.  Inflammatory bowel disease   4.  Appendicitis.

Your Chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopaedic, neurological testing and diagnostic radiography to determine the type of scoliosis you have.  Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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