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Children and Scoliosis

Monday, 03 November 2008 18:34
A recent study using sophisticated measuring devices and advanced computer analysis found a significant difference in gait between normal subjects and those with scoliosis.6 This was most noticeable in the medial-lateral component of gait, indicating problems with pronation and supination control. They observed that the "...differences between the scoliosis and the control group, together with previously reported abnormalities of torsion in the tibia and femur and the hypothesis of pelvic rotation, suggests these are primary mechanisms of the cause of idiopathic scoliosis."

These researchers believe that gait asymmetry could very well be the underlying cause of the balance and coordination problems that result in a curved spine. They conclude: "Patients with scoliosis exhibit balance problems during the stance phase of gait and have significant asymmetry in the frequency characteristics. These findings could be a primary effect that contributes to the medial-lateral deformity of the spine and its initiation and progression."

Muscular imbalances and recurrent subluxations may develop secondary to a child's postural habits. Asymmetrical development of musculature used frequently in a sport can also be the source of a nonstructural scoliosis. These curves are usually mild, and will correct rapidly with education, corrective exercises and chiropractic treatment.