Check for Spinal Curvatures - By Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC

Written by: Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC

     Most cases of improper spinal curvature result from postural problems. When viewed from the side, the normal spine curves in the neck, mid-back and low back. Seen from the front or back, the spine should be straight and the shoulders and pelvis level.

     Poor sitting and standing postural habits, backpack misuse and improper physical movements can alter a healthy spinal curve. Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive education and training to assess and treat this condition. These abnormal spinal curves are not the same as scoliosis, however. In that condition, there is the sideways or lateral twisting and rotation of the spine, ribs and pelvis. The word scoliosis comes from the Greek word meaning "crooked."

     Someone with scoliosis may have a back that curves like an 'S' or a 'C.' The curvature develops slowly, usually during the growth years from age 10 to 18. Early detection is essential for effective scoliosis treatment. Because the spine will grow until the early 20's, scoliosis often worsens when ignored. Once the curvature is fully developed, correction becomes difficult, and serious complications are likely.

     If an abnormal spinal curve is detected, your child should be reassessed at least once every six months. Your chiropractor can determine the treatment approach most advisable. Chiropractic care may include spinal adjustments, exercise, and postural and activity advice. Severe cases are referred for additional care, where treatment may include the use of a brace or even surgery. 

     This article was written by Dr. Michael Sciortino, DC. If you would like to know more about Michael, check out his bio here. Too make an appointment with the extraordinary gentleman, call the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine at 907.452.3600!