Screening for Scoliosis

Scoliosis screenings are a regular part of pediatric care at Whole Health Chiropractic in Nampa. A curvature of the spine which results in uneven shoulders and gait, scoliosis is sometimes associated with breathing difficulties and muscle strain. It occurs most often in preteen girls, but any child or adolescent can develop it.


If scoliosis is not already suspected, screening for it begins with the patient bending down so Dr. Oberti can observe any abnormalities in the angle of the torso. He will also be able to check for unevenness in the pelvis and the levels of the shoulders. The observation isn’t just done by eyeballing; a tool called a scoliometer is placed on the back to provide an objective measurement of curvature.


If there is a reason to suspect scoliosis, x-rays are taken to provide the doctor with a better means of detection. Dr. Oberti will also try to find the cause of the patient’s scoliosis. Some problems can be ameliorated through electrical stimulation therapies and adjustments. However, in the vast majority of cases, scoliosis is idiopathic, meaning no medical professional can identify what causes it. A treatment plan will still be drawn up depending on whether there is a risk of the curve progressing to a point where it would be visible or debilitating.


Dr. Anthony J. Oberti operates Whole Health Chiropractic at 430 W Iowa Ave #A, Nampa, Idaho, 83686. To schedule an appointment, visit WholeHealthNampa.com or call 208-442-1123.


 

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