Curves of the Spine, Scoliosis, and Chiropractic

The mid back or thoracic spine is has a normal slight curve called a kyphosis. Many patients seeking the care of a Chiropractor are concerned that their curve is not normal. There are several types of conditions that can cause an increased curve in the mid back. Round back is a condition in which the pelvis is slightly tilted back. In this condition the lower back has less of curve giving the impression of a curved spine. Flat back is a similar condition. A small area protruding from the spine in the mid back is called a gibbus. Usually a gibbus is a small area just about the size of the palm of the hand. Gibbus is also called hump back. Gibbus may be a serious condition and should be immediately checked out due to the fact it may be linked to infections of the spine. Osteoporosis may also cause an excessive curve of the mid back in a condition known as a Dowager’s hump.
As a rule the lower the area of the outward bump (kyphosis) in the mid back the more stuck or unmoveable the bump tends to be. Often an overly curved mid back can lead to a scoliosis as well.
Scoliosis may be the result of poor posture and be easily remedied by postural changes however some scoliosis have no known cause. Some conditions of the spine are known to cause scoliosis (wedge vertebrae or congenitally fused segments).
Some older persons may develop scoliosis in advanced age which may be the result of posture and mild scoliosis in adolescence.
Scoliosis is a condition in which there are one or more curves to the side in the thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (lower back) spine.
Rib humping is common in more marked types of scoliosis. Rib humping is often the most visible indicator that a scoliosis is present.
The key test in determining if a scoliosis is severe or able to be treated with conservative methods (such as Chiropractic) is to bend at the waist. If a scoliosis curve disappears as a person bends at the waist it is generally considered to be a mild scoliosis and to have more of a functional component as opposed to a structural component in which there are abnormalities in the spine. A curve that disappears with bending at the waist is a good candidate for Chiropractic management of the scoliosis.
Dr. Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience. He is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and currently practices in Lenexa, Kansas.

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