Scoliosis treatment In Kuala Lumpur for Kids & Adults
Chiropractic Specialty Center® (CSC) provides Malaysia’s most holistic (comprehensive) scoliosis treatment. Scoliosis is a side-bending curvature of the spine that results from functional disorders. At CSC, we have treated adolescent, degenerative, and scoliosis in adults for over 15 years. CSC’s scoliosis treatment has helped many improved; contact a CSC clinic today to get more information about our scoliosis treatment methods and how we can help.
Who is affected?
In Malaysia, scoliosis and spinal asymmetry affect up to 3.2 million people. Spinal asymmetry is similar to a scoliotic condition. The difference between scoliosis and spinal asymmetry is that spinal asymmetry is a curve measuring less than 10 degrees. In contrast, scoliosis is a side-bending spine curvature that measures at least 10 degrees. Also, scoliosis is more common in girls than boys. And in most instances, there is a familiar history where scoliosis is possibly passed from a parent (often the mother) to a child.
Spinal asymmetry and scoliosis are treatable, and for the best results, getting started with scoliosis treatment in the early stages is recommended. Spinal asymmetry, a slight spine deviation (even those not classified as scoliosis), should be ignored in young kids or adolescents. Often, an asymmetrical spine progresses to scoliosis. Therefore, prevention is best by getting the slightest deviation in your child’s spine assessed and treated early.
What Causes Scoliosis?
In nearly all cases of scoliosis, the exact cause is still unknown, and as such, its diagnosed as idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is also referred to as “congenital scoliosis”, in which there is a likely familial history or an abnormality in musculoskeletal development. Other causes of scoliosis include partially developed vertebral bodies (hemivertebrae) or a short anatomical leg length.
What are the Signs & Symptoms Of Scoliosis?
For most, mild scoliosis is asymptomatic and will not produce any signs or symptoms. However, most with scoliosis will notice discomfort and stiffness, especially with prolonged sitting, poor posture, or standing. Patients with middle and severe scoliosis may also see a hump along the spine or ribcage. Rib hump and lower back hump are relatively common and a cause of concern for many.
Thoracic scoliosis is the most common cause of the rib hump, while lumbar scoliosis causes the lower back hump. In addition, thoracic scoliosis may also lead to an asymmetrical chest or an uneven breast size appearance.
Typical five signs of scoliosis include:
- Asymmetrical shoulders heights, such as uneven shoulders, one being higher than the other.
- A protruded shoulder blade, especially when standing.
- A rib bulge or protrusion that most referred to as a “rib hump”.
- Protruded lower back is referred to as a lower “back hump” that becomes more prominent upon bending at the waist.
- Unlevelled pelvis or waistlines, with one hip being noticeably higher than the other.
The central part of the diagnosis is the curve measurements, using the Cobb method of scoliosis assessment. A positive diagnosis is determined by a curve more significant than 10 degrees. Curves less than 10 degrees are considered spinal asymmetries and not scoliosis. However, for kids under 9, you should not neglect spinal asymmetry as it may progress during puberty.
Therefore, sound clinical judgment is essential in determining scoliosis treatment for kids with curvature less than 10 degrees. A curvature more significant than 25 to 30 degrees is considered moderate (advanced scoliosis) and needs urgent attention. And scoliosis curves that exceed 45 degrees are regarded as severe scoliosis.
How is scoliosis diagnosed?
Scoliosis can only be diagnosed with a scoliosis-specific-x-ray view. The best x-ray view for scoliosis is a full spine x-ray taken in the upright position while the patient stands in their best posture with equal weights placed on each foot. But, a working or initial diagnosis can arrive with a quick scoliosis check. CSC provides complementary scoliosis checks using observation, palpation, and Adam’s sign.
The Adams’ sign (Adam’s test or Adam’s forward bending test) for scoliosis is the best and most effective means of assessing a patient with scoliosis. This test takes only minutes to perform and can be done at home or better by one of our clinical team. Adam’s forward bending test is designed to differentiate between functional scoliosis and scoliosis resulting from a structural disorder. However, for general purposes and as a quick test, Adam’s forward bending test is an excellent system for screening your loved one for scoliosis.
Here is how Adam’s forward bending test for scoliosis is done:
- To start, stand behind your loved one, with their shirt off, and ask them to bend forward with their arms hanging down towards the floor.
- You, as the examiner, need to observe the contour of the entire spine, starting from the upper back (thoracic) to the buttocks.
- Look for asymmetry with a close inspection of the spine, sides of the spine, ribcage, and the spine muscles.
- A rib hump, back hump, or any distortion in the contour of the back that differs from side to side may indicate a scoliotic spine.
- It would be best if you inspected the slightest deviation in the appearance of the spine on the right VS the left by a clinical expert, which a CSC chiropractor quickly does; call us now.
Where Are The Treatment Options?
CSC provides the best scoliosis treatment in Malaysia. There are several options for treating scoliosis, such as chiropractic, observation, and bracing. Studies have shown that active chiropractic treatment has improved the Cobb angle and pain scores. Our scoliosis-specific-treatment systems are geared to improve the functional stability of the spine through the efforts of our top-rated physiotherapists and doctors of chiropractic.
The scoliosis treatment you get from CSC also focuses on personalized scoliosis exercise and, more importantly, the do’s and don’ts that patients need to be aware of if they have scoliosis; contact Chiropractic Specialty Center® now to get more information on our scoliosis treatment programs in Kuala Lumpur.