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A 30-SECOND ANNUAL POSTURAL SCREENING

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

A 30-SECOND ANNUAL POSTURAL SCREENING BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 15 CAN MAKE A LIFETIME OF DIFFERENCE:

Normal (fig. 1)

  • head centred over mid-buttocks

  • shoulders level

  • shoulder blades level, with equal prominence

  • hips level and symmetrical

  • equal distance between arms and body

Possible Scoliosis (fig. 2)

  • head alignment to one side of mid buttocks

  • one shoulder higher

  • one shoulder blade higher with possible prominence

  • one hip more prominent than the other

  • unequal distance between arms and body

Normal (fig. 3)

  • both sides of upper and lower back symmetrical
  • hips level and symmetrical

Possible Scoliosis (fig. 4)

  • one side of rib cage and/or the lower back showing uneven symmetry

Normal (fig. 5)

  • even and symmetrical on both sides of the upper and lower back

Possible Scoliosis (fig. 6)

  • unequal symmetry of the upper back, lower back or both

What kind of scoliosis treatments are available?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

When the deformity is minimal, treatment is not normally indicated, medical observation is sufficient.

However, if the deformity progresses and becomes severe enough, there are two types of treatment possible :

  • Brace (non-surgical)
  • Surgery

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