Written by Keel Russell

National Scoliosis Awareness Month

June has been declared National Scoliosis Awareness Month with the aim of focusing awareness on scoliosis, the importance of early diagnosis and the available treatment options.

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that results in an abnormal curvature of the spine and affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population. It is the most common spinal deformity though the cause is primarily unknown, in which case it is termed idiopathic scoliosis. It usually occurs prior to puberty, between the ages of 10 to 15 years old, but scoliosis can develop in infants and adults. Females have shown to be more prone to a particular sideways spinal curvature which can ultimately require either the use of a back brace (bracing) and/or surgery.

Early detection of scoliosis goes a long way in realigning and slowing down the curvature of the spine as bones grow and harden over time. Whilst screening for scoliosis is conducted at some schools via the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, it is imperative that parents take the initiative to have children screened on an annual basis because if left unattended, and while it may be rare, this disorder can possibly lead to further complications.

Screening can be done by a chiropractor, which comes with additional benefits as qualified chiropractors will not only be able to diagnose scoliosis but will be able to provide chiropractic adjustments that can gradually correct the spine. The services offered by a chiropractor can also help people at various stages in their battle against this disorder, from those who have undergone surgical procedures to those who wish to avoid them.

There are generally three types of scoliosis: mild, moderate and severe. They are distinguished by the degree of the spinal curvature. The angle of the curve must be at least 10 degrees to be considered scoliosis – this is regarded as the Cobb Angle. Thus, there are different degree-groupings that determine the type of scoliosis and the requisite course of treatment.

Bracing and surgery have been effective but are usually recommended for extreme cases. Exercise, including stretching and yoga, have become mighty giants in managing and treating scoliosis and is the most prevalent method. As with screening, deciding on an exercise regimen should be done with the consultation of a medical professional. A licensed physical therapist has a wealth of knowledge directed toward addressing an individual’s specific skeletal condition and treatment needs based on the severity and type of scoliosis.

A preemptive position should always be adopted. Early screening and diagnosis and incorporating the appropriate exercise routines can curb the effects of scoliosis, reduce pain and restore range of movement. Scoliosis is a condition that requires ongoing care, therefore it is essential to confer with a licensed physical therapist in formulating a specialized plan to minimize physical limitations and help improve the quality of life.

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Written by Keel Russell

Dad, health is Important. Full stop.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if there’s anything that dads dislike more than being overshadowed by the ever-popular Mother’s Day, it’s talking about the dreaded “H word” – Heath! By now, we all should know that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting periodic medical checkups can help extend a person’s life. And who doesn’t want an extended life? Well…dads, apparently.

According to a survey by Cleveland Clinic, the majority of men questioned did not want to pay the doctor a visit and those who did only did so out of fear of a serious illness. So major medical emergency or nothing? This is like owning a valuable vehicle and ignoring all the warning signs until one day, BAM, the engine explodes. And I’m sure you’ve heard all the excuses: I don’t have the time; I have a phobia about doctors and their probing instruments; I once knew a guy who never went to the doctor and was strong as an ox. Nope. Health is important. Full stop.

Looking at a list of top causes of death in men in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you’ll see conditions such as heart disease, cancer (prostate cancer in particular), stroke and many others. While not every illness is completely avoidable, prevention practices and early detection have been proven to actually save lives. For instance, under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist, exercise and strength training can greatly reduce the risk and effects from cardiovascular disease through the implementation of a controlled and efficient schedule. In fact, physical therapy has been a useful tool in combatting many ailments by preventing and managing several health conditions before they advance to more life-threatening stages.

Another statistic from the Cleveland Clinic survey found that 19% of men went to the doctor merely to stop their loved ones from pestering them about the issue. In this case, nagging the dads in your lives (including husbands, grandpas, uncles, and fathers-in-law) about taking care of their health would be a much better gift than a printed mug or t-shirt if it meant having them around for a longer time and perhaps, even saving their lives. So don’t be afraid to recommend the intervention of physical therapy for a happier Father’s Day this year!

Written by Keel Russell

Can A Chiropractor Help My Migraine?

Headaches are one of the most common forms of pain and discomfort that people deal with on a daily basis.  They affect more than 11 million adults in the United States every year. They also cost employers money due to lost productivity because of absenteeism.  Reports show that 156 million full-time workdays are lost each year due to headaches. As a result they account for a large part of the economic cost for Americans.   These headaches generate over 18 million office visits annually which leads to pricey health care costs. They are also the number one reason for the use of over-the counter analgesic medications.  But these drugs only reduce the intensity of headaches. Most peoples are currently looking for a natural method that would both reduce and eliminate the cause of this pain.

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