Vlog: What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition where your spine is abnormally curved, either in a C or S-shape, instead of maintaining its natural, straight shape. Scoliosis can be experienced by people of all ages, including children. There are two types of scoliosis: structural and functional.

In this article, we briefly touch on structural and functional scoliosis and cover scoliosis treatment options in our very first vlog!

Structural Scoliosis

In structural scoliosis, the spine’s structure is affected and is considered permanent unless the spine receives treatment. It is typically considered more serious because it doesn’t straighten out on its own, potentially resulting in more spinal deformity.

There are several types of structural scoliosis:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis: typically found in toddlers below three (infantile scoliosis), children aged 3-10 years old (juvenile scoliosis) and adolescents over the age of 10. Since 1982, Singapore has been performing nationwide spine screening in primary and secondary school to detect early development of idiopathic scoliosis.
  • Congenital scoliosis: Present at birth and caused by a bone abnormality.
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: Caused by an abnormality in muscles or nerves, and commonly seen in patients with spina bifida or cerebral palsy.
  • Degenerative scoliosis: Occurs later in life and may result from bone injuries or joint degeneration found in conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

Functional scoliosis

Functional scoliosis is a curvature of the spine resulting from a temporary cause. These curves can be easily reversed with little or no permanent structural change under chiropractic care.

Why care about scoliosis?

Scoliosis increases the risk of degeneration of bones and joints in the spine. Early checkup and evaluations are strongly recommended for the best outcomes. Mild scoliosis can be easily treated or managed when they are discovered earlier.

So, how do I spot scoliosis?

Some signs of scoliosis include:

  • A higher or protruding side of the shoulders
  • Waist line on one side is more obvious
  • Trousers or sleeve length is longer on one side
  • Uneven hips
  • Collar bones are asymmetrical
  • For females, a difference in the length of bra straps requiring adjustments

What are some treatments for scoliosis?

Scoliosis treatments involve an array of spinal manipulations and adjustments. Due to the differing severity and types of scoliosis across patients, scoliosis treatment plans are typically customised for every patient.

In the vlog below, we explain the causes of scoliosis, Dr. Grace’s own experience with the condition and demonstrate the best treatments for scoliosis!

If you suspect that you have scoliosis or would like to have your condition treated, book your appointment with us at 62084669 or wecare@mychirocare.sg!