Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side. Although it is a complex three-dimensional deformity, on an X-ray, viewed from the rear, the spine of an individual with scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. Scoliosis is typically classified as either congenital, idiopathic (in more than 80% of scoliosis there is no clear causal agent, hence the term "idiopathic"), or neuromuscular. Scoliosis starts to occur to various age group, but since the condition is closely related to the body's growth, the most common form of scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. If scoliosis is not treated right away it can affect your health in a long run, and it might develop to the stage where you'll need an operation. Chaum treats and prevents scoliosis with the corrective chiropractic method and by using various assistive devices; and also treats the musculoskeletal disease to stop it from developing into scoliosis and degenerative spinal stenosis.
The progress of scoliosis is measured by how curved the spine is on an X-ray. The measurement used for evaluation of curves in scoliosis is called the Cobb's angle.
There's no need for surgery if:
- Scoliosis is in progress and Cobb's angle is more than 15 degrees
- (more than 5 degrees curving in less than 6 months)
or those who are between 10 and 15, a 30-second diagnosis a year can make a huge difference in his or her life.
For light scoliosis
If the case is not serious, you can correct it with simple prescribed exercise and muscle treatments.
If scoliosis keeps developing
You might have to get a surgery, or you might be able to treat it without a surgery (i.e. wearing a brace)