Scoliosis (lateral curvature)
How to determine if your child has incorrect posture or scoliosis:
It is important to determine the length of the lower extremities (the distance from the anterior superior iliac spine to the end of the lateral malleolus). Both extremities should ideally be of the same length, but most children have some faults in posture and spinal curvature. In about 35% of these cases the cause is contraction of one of the limbs.
Measuring the length of the limb is carried out while the patient lies on his back with his feet together. If one remembers that the tip of the nose, the navel and the line between the feet should all be on the same straight line, one can often detect the contraction of a limb by simple inspection.
Upon detection of a fault in posture or spinal curvature treatment should begin immediately; otherwise the impairement may progress rapidly and lead to more severe consequences such as a costovertebral hump and physical limitations).
LOOK AT YOUR CHILDREN’S POSTURE!
You are the one who can first notice significantly incorrect posture and scoliosis (the one-sided descent of a shoulder and a shoulder blade, stoop, lateral curvature of the spine, bulging ribs).
If you see such signs in your children immediately send them to the doctor for a consultation.
Upon detection of spinal curvature associated with shortening of the lower limb, it should be corrected by means of compensation for the shortened limb with an insert to the patient’s shoe of corresponding thickness. One should not forget that the insert should be made for both street shoes and the shoes worn at home.
As signs of asymmetry diminish one should reduce the thickness of the insert.
In 1981 G.A.Ilizarov and A.M.Makhrashov studied the causes of scoliosis and associated its occurrence with devascularization and improper distribution of loads on particular vertebrae. Reduced blood flow in the peri-renal arteries, in the branches of the lumbar arteries, and in the renal artery on one side can delay bone growth on that side.
We conclude that in order to cope with asymmetry in the length of the right and left lower extremities it is necessary to increase the blood supply to the arteries on the shorter side.
In our Rehabilitation Center we have long employed a system of five consecutive special exercises for children whose legs are of significantly different length. These exercises produce a complex restructuring of the body’s physiological responses that improves renal circulation on the affected side and allows more rapid bone growth.
Another way to intensify the rate of bone growth is stimulating osteoreparation by means of vibro-acoustic manipulation. In this case, a certain sound frequency is selected that is capable of evoking a resonance in the contracted bone. Through this reaction and induction of piezoelectricity in the bone tissue, we stimulate growth of osteoblasts, the cells that participate in the architectonics of bone tissue.
Under favorable circumstances (especially the patient’s willingness to perform the necessary gymnastic exercises daily) a teenager can achieve complete correction by means of noninvasive treatment alone. The success of this method depends on the extent of the curvature, the age of the patient and the quality of the available treatment.
Scoliosis (Greek σκολι?ς — «curved», Latin. scoli?sis) — is a persistent lateral deviation of a spine from the normal straight position.
Scoliotic disease – is a progressive dysplastic disease of the developing spine of children between the ages of 6 and 15, chiefly girls.
The degree of scoliosis is determined by the radiologist with roentgenograms by measuring the angle of scoliosis:
Ist degree — from 1º to 10 º,
IInd degree — from 11º to 25º,
IIId degree — from 26 º to 50º,
IVth degree — more than 50º.
(by V.D. Chaklin) .
The angle is measured between two lines drawn through the center of the most deflected vertebra and through the center of the nearest unchanged vertebra. Scoliosis may be C-shaped (with a single-arc curvature, S-shaped (with a double-arc curvature), and Σ-shaped (with a triple-arc curvature.) In this case, the severity of scoliosis is determined by the curvature with the highest angle of spinal deviation.
Increased spinal curvature is associated with an increase in general health problems. Severe cases of scoliosis deform and shorten the body and reduce the dimensions of the chest and abdomen which can impair the function of internal organs and, in the case of extreme deformations, even shorten life.
REMEMBER, THAT SPINAL CURVATURES AND POSTURE DISORDERS
ARE MOST AMENABLE TO TREATMENT
WHEN THEY ARE IN THEIR EARLY STAGES !