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Scoliosis Treatment in Singapore
Looking for an alternative to surgery or braces to treat scoliosis? Often confused with poor posture, scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine due to genetic disposition. Detection should be done at a younger age for ease of treatment. If left untreated, scoliosis can lead to severe, long-term consequences.
Read more about how chiropractic can help before deciding.
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine which should not be confused with poor posture. A key difference between both conditions is their cause. Scoliosis is mainly due to genetic factors causing uneven spinal growth, whereas poor posture is the result of bad postural habits over time.
People typically think of a “S”-shaped or “C”-shaped spine instead of a straight spine when you mention scoliosis. That’s correct! A curvature of more than 10 degrees in the spine is considered scoliosis. However, there are different protocols depending on the severity of the curvature.
The typical protocols for scoliosis are:
- Less than 25 degrees: Observation with regular exams and follow-up X-rays
- Between 25 to 40-50 degrees: Bracing to stop progression of the curve
- More than 40-50 degrees: Surgery – typically a spinal fusion to straighten the curve
What causes scoliosis?
- Carrying heavy things on one side only
- Accidents or trauma
- Poor calcium intake
- Bad posture or sleeping position
- Any type of physical activities or sports
Does my child have scoliosis?
Have you observed any of the following effects of scoliosis?
- Uneven shoulder level (e.g. T-shirt keeps slipping to one side)
- Uneven hip level (e.g. pants/skirt rides up higher on one side)
- Body leaning to one side
- Greater space between one arm and body on one side
- Head not centered
These may cause you to suspect if your child has scoliosis. In Singapore, the School Health Services (SHS) of the Youth Preventive Services Division (YPSD) visit schools annually to provide health screenings, which include screening for scoliosis.
If your child has not been screened but you are concerned, we strongly recommend bringing your child for a check-up.
What are the effects of scoliosis?
While there might be outward signs of scoliosis that might affect the appearance, the more worrying effect of scoliosis if left untreated (depending on severity) is the rib cage pressing against organs and causing complications. These complications can lead to:
- Persistent back pain
- Damage to heart and lungs
- Breathing problems
- Damage to nerves
- Death (in extremely rare cases)
Can exercise treat scoliosis?
Just like crooked teeth, physical misalignments require physical interventions to correct them. Brushing your teeth everyday will not straighten your teeth.
Exercise cannot treat scoliosis and the physical misalignment of the spine. Exercise may help improve posture and range of motion, but itself cannot change the curvature.
Can a chiropractor fix scoliosis without surgery?
- The severity of your condition
- How your body responds to adjustments
- Stage of growth (child or adult)
When should I do a scoliosis check-up?
In Singapore, the School Health Services (SHS) of the Youth Preventive Services Division (YPSD) visit schools annually to provide health screenings, which include screening for scoliosis.
This is when your child may discover that they have scoliosis.
However, if your child or you notice symptoms of scoliosis before the health screening, you should get a check-up as soon as possible to understand if you have, and the severity of your scoliosis.
At Chiropractic Singapore, we will require X-rays to assess the degree of the spinal curve and stage of growth of the spine (for children). Our chiropractors are trained to diagnose scoliosis and recommend if and how chiropractic can help.
Note: The above information is not a substitute for a diagnosis or any form of medical care. Symptoms and treatments differ from person to person, and one should consult a chiropractor for an accurate diagnosis and recommendation.
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