Scoliosis

scoliosisScoliosis causes both physical pain and emotional suffering. This sideways bending of the spine shows up as abnormal posture and then finally, deformity. If allowed to advance, it can interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs. Scoliosis affects boys and more frequently, girls between the ages of 8 and 18. The cause varies. Some are born with this spinal deviation (congenital). Others get it from assuming a distorted head or hip position (habitual). Sadly, in many cases the cause is still unknown.

In the beginning, when it is easiest to correct, there are rarely symptoms. However, an alert parent may notice that a high shoulder or low hip makes clothing fit poorly. Back and leg pains may develop but are often overlooked as merely "growing pains." Neglect is the biggest danger. If allowed to run its course, scoliosis can steadily worsen. Early detection is critical. Severe cases involve surgery.

How Can We Help?

Dr. Otterman has extensive post-graduate training in the detection and treatment of scoliosis. He has developed a comprehensive approach that includes:

Chiropractic adjustments - to help improve the function and structure of the spine.
Rehabilitative exercise - to improve posture and strengthen supportive spinal musculature.
Scoliosis decompression -  to increase blood flow and to stretch and retrain the muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, vertebrae, and spinal facet joints.
Proprioceptive therapy - to stimulate the posterior columns of the central nervous system, which are responsible for coordiantion and position sense.

 

If bracing is necessary, and if you qualify, Dr. Otterman will prescribe the Providence Brace. The Providence Brace is a night-time brace and is very effective when accompanied by a regimen of treatment in the clinic. To learn more about our scoliosis treatment program, please visit www.sanantonioscoliosis.net.

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