What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curve of your spine (backbone). It often shows up in teenagers and becomes more visible during growth spurts.

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About the same number of boys vs. girls get diagnosed with scoliosis but the curves in girls are 10 times more likely to get worse.  The angle of the curves can vary from small to large and can be found in the upper and/or lower part of the spine. Doctors can refer to curves as “C” or “S” shaped.

 

Scoliosis affects about 2% of the total population of earth and only about 1 in 9 curves are genetically linked. This means that 8 out of 9 people with scoliosis developed it due to poor posture and poor biomechanics of the body. ​

Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

The first signs of scoliosis are going to be visible. You might notice a hump on your back, uneven shoulders, uneven hips and waist, and even a rib flare. Some other signs and symptoms of scoliosis which present themselves later are pain, decrease height, numbness/tingling in the ribs or shoulder, back pain, stiffness, and fatigue due to uneven muscle strain. 

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Scoliosis Diagnosis

Conventional Scoliosis Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, the doctor probably gave you three options: 1 – wait and see, 2- body brace and surgery, and number 3 – pain killers. Most curves progress 1-7 degrees per year and the rate gets faster as you get older. Therefore, the wait and see approach will lead to bracing and surgery which will then lead to pain killers. Unfortunately, the majority of people will fall into this progressive, painful and unproductive hole. 

Conventional Scoliosis Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, the doctor probably gave you three options: 1 – wait and see, 2- body brace and surgery, and number 3 – pain killers. Most curves progress 1-7 degrees per year and the rate gets faster as you get older. Therefore, the wait and see approach will lead to bracing and surgery which will then lead to pain killers. Unfortunately, the majority of people will fall into this progressive, painful and unproductive hole.

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Our Scoliosis Approach

It is important to understand that scoliosis is a 3-dimensional problem. Therefore, you need a 3-dimensional solution. The results are improved spinal length, reduction of the rib and spinal humps, decreased pain, increased height, and improved body awareness. At Physica Medica, we will help you stop the progression of your scoliosis and even reverse the curve without the use of braces, drugs or surgeries. 

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