What is the BEST Skoliosis Treatment in Malaysia?
First and foremost, it’s important for people to know, skoliosis is not a disease or disability. Secondly, the Best means of skoliosis treatment is a targeted, holistic non-invasive route. It is merely a structural deformity that is classified with the presence of a sideways (lateral) curvature of the backbone. The curves may be of a C-shape (single curve) or an S-shape (double curve). The human spine is the fundamental component of the central nervous system thus, playing a pivotal role in our quality of life. Being made up of 33 vertebrae stretching from the base of the skull to the tailbone, the spine houses sensory and motor nerves which supply not just the muscles, but also the organs of the entire human body. A curve that is bad can severely impair a person’s breathing capability and their heart function.
There are many types or skoliosis that may affect the old and the young, but the most common cause of it to date remains to be Idiopathic Skoliosis (unknown). Through the ages and through thousands of studies that were carried out, skoliosis has found to be predominantly of the female gender. At the age of 9, girls are five times more likely to be diagnosed with skoliosis as compared to boys. It is important that the awareness of skoliosis starts growing among people of the public.
Early Detection and Proper Scoliosis Care are Critical Keys in Mangement of a Scoliotic Spine
Skoliosis develops very gradually, and most of the time, parents or children will only notice slight structural misalignments when the child is 10 – 14 years of age. As they say, prevention is the better cure, and this can never be truer when put into the context of skoliosis management. The younger the child is when diagnosed with skoliosis, the faster we can be proactive and start managing the curvature. Remember this when it comes to your health: the longer you wait for it to get worse, the longer you have to wait for it to get better!
What are some of the Causes of Scoliosis?
There are two general classifications for skoliosis, structural and non-structural. Structural skoliosis is the permanent formation of a spinal curvature due to congenital disabilities, diseases, infections, or injuries. Non-structural skoliosis is when the structure of the spine is normal, and the formation of the curvature is due to muscular imbalance. Nonstructural skoliosis is always easier to treat.
There are, however, many causes for skoliosis as explained below:
Congenital skoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that is caused by a defect that was present at birth. It occurs in only 1 in 10,000 newborns and is much less common than the type of skoliosis that begins in adolescence. Children with congenital skoliosis sometimes have other health issues, such as kidney or bladder problems. Even though congenital skoliosis is present at birth, it is sometimes impossible to see any spine problems until a child reaches adolescence.
NEUROMUSCULAR SCOLIOSIS ACCORDING TO THE “AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS”:
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a Neuromuscular Scoliosis (Skoliosis) is the abnormal spinal curvature that results from malformations or disorders of the brain, brain stem, spinal cord or muscular systems. In some cases, neurological skoliosis results from a combination of one or all these issues. Muscles need input from nerves for them to function properly. So, in a neurological skoliotic (scoliotic) condition, the function of nerves and then muscles are impaired, leading to inappropriate balance and alignment of the spine or trunk (chest). A Neuromuscular curve is the primary cause of a pelvic rotation (obliquity). Often, a pelvic rotation is further complicated with a pelvis tilts, with one side higher than the other. Frequently, kyphosis is also concurrently present.
NEUROLOGICAL TYPE ACCORDING TO THE “SCOLIOSIS RESEARCH SOCIETY.”
The scoliotic curvature develops due to the presence of underlying neurological conditions like cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or other spinal cord injuries.
These are curvatures that develop as the result of a traumatic incident to the spine. The occurrence of fractures and dislocations can cause damage to growth plates and instability in the spine. As growth progresses, the spinal development will adapt to the instability, leading to the presence of curvature.
ADOLESCENT IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS
The Adolescent Idiopathetic Scoliosis or Skoliosis most common type of skoliosis starts after the age of 10 years in an otherwise healthy person and has no apparent cause. While the incidence of subtle curves is similar in both sexes, the ratio of boys to girls with curves in the treatment category is 1:8-10. AIS in girls account for about 90 percent of curves seen in clinical practice. The cause of idiopathic skoliosis is being investigated worldwide. It is probably genetic, but no one knows for sure yet.
Avoid the Insane and Nonsensical Scoliosis Treatment options that Lead to Surgery?
Insanity in the current Skoliosis treatment offered by most hospitals, clinics and some of the so-called specialized centers is that it often leads to surgery. As, said by Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
When it comes to surgical skoliosis treatment, surgeons and other doctors are never hesitant to lend a helping hand. The primary purpose of spinal stabilization surgery for skoliosis patients is to reduce the angle of curvature (Cobb’s angle) and to ensure the curve does not progress to a level where a person’s systemic functional capability will be impaired.
The sad part is, to achieve this; doctors have to be very invasive with their surgical procedure. Among the most common methods is spinal fusion, where two adjacent vertebral bodies are fused together using a bone graft. This means there will be a severely decreased range of motion in the spine of the patient. But to top it off, surgeons would go one step further and use metallic implants like rods to stabilize the spine. With this, the honest truth is that a person’s life will never be the same. They will have difficulty playing their favorite sport or exercising and may experience occasional back pain. And if the surgery does not sit well with the patient, there may be a need for repeated surgical interventions.
Avoid Surgery Through Our Comprehensive Targeted Scoliosis Therapy
All in all, we are not saying that surgery is bad and must not be done. We are merely here to inform the public regarding the downsides to skoliosis surgical interventions. If a person is facing severe, life-threatening possibilities, significant cosmetic deformations, or systemic functional impairment, surgery may be warranted. But by all means possible, if surgery is avoidable, please avoid it, not for our sake, but your own spine’s sake. Consider all of the possibilities before making your choice. The choices you make today will affect the rest of your life in a big way.
The best way of avoiding surgery is through the avoidance of the current insane, nonsensical methods of nonsurgical skoliosis treatment offered at hospitals, clinics, and some therapy centers. For the most part, these are means the result of surgical interventions as they lack the needed specificity.
What Are The Common Non-Surgical Treatment Options?
The conventional medical protocol for treating skoliosis has failed because it lacked the specificity needed. Most mild and some moderate skoliosis conditions seen by orthopedic surgeons are referred for physiotherapy. Unfortunately, many centers, clinics, and hospitals that offer skoliosis treatment do so with limited knowledge of skoliosis. While the surgeon has your best interest in mind, it is often the physiotherapist that performs that task for a non-surgical option.
Hierarchy of a Hospital and Inadequate Communication between Surgeons and PTs
All around the globe, surgeons refer patients to physiotherapists, but rarely ever go to a physiotherapy department to oversee patient care as given by physiotherapists. In short, the surgeon may only see you or your child on a quarterly basis. Often, there is a lack of interaction between a physiotherapist and surgeons. As such, the needed biomechanical analysis is forgone, and treatments provided are often similar, if not the same as it would be for any given spine patients.
Our Research-Based Clinical Scoliosis Therapy is Better
Due to the curvature of the spine in skoliosis, biomechanical changes will occur, leading to a faster rate of degeneration and a higher tendency to develop spinal disc herniation, as well as damage to muscle, tendons, and ligaments. Therefore, what needs to be targeted would be the bone structure as well as the muscle tone. We, at Chiropractic Specialty Centre, incorporate research-based targeted forms of chiropractic treatments (specific chiropractic adjustments) and focused clinical physiotherapy, which is further backed by advanced technology. Our chiropractors are masters of the neurological aspects in the spine and realigning the central nervous system aka the spine, whereas our skoliosis specific physiotherapists focus on specific, targeted skoliosis treatment towards the muscles that need to be worked on.
What Are The Best Scoliosis Care and Management Methods?
Here, we start to tackle the age-old question, what is the most effective strategy to manage and treat a patient with skoliosis? This is highly dependent on the target that we hope to achieve and what the patient needs. Not everyone is the same; hence, having a standardized skoliosis treatment regime for everyone is stupidity at its finest. The “one-size-fits-all” methods incorporated in the of standardized scoliosis treatment is the primary reason why scoliotic patients do not improve or, turn towards the surgical approach.
What You Need To Know About Scoliosis Exercises
One of the fundamentals of skoliosis treatment if the differentiating tight muscles from weak muscles. If any practitioner does not bother to identify these and claims to treat skoliosis, we would seriously encourage you to reconsider choosing him/her as your preferred physician or caregiver. Only by identifying those muscles that need to be worked on can specific exercises be administered. Nobody doubts the role of exercise in skoliosis treatment; however, very few are prescribing the right exercises for a scoliotic spine.
The BEST Treatments for Scoliosis in Malaysia
We are the Best, and YES, we are biased in our opinion! But, our partialities are based on our clinical accomplishments and our research-based means of treatment for a skoliotic patient. To further defend our prejudice biased few is the fact that none in Malaysia offer the type of comprehensive care we do.
At Chiropractic Specialty Center®, we only have one goal in mind; to ensure our patients get better at the fastest rate possible. Our skoliosis treatment programs are patient-centered, accurate, and based on the clinical needs of each patient. We incorporate two vital components, which any health center treating musculoskeletal conditions must consider: chiropractic care and physiotherapy. Our Doctors of Chiropractic would first assess the patient by doing a thorough history taking, followed by a physical examination. If felt necessary, X-ray or MRI imaging may be required to get a better understanding of the patient’s condition. For skoliosis patients, our chiropractors would need an X-ray to determine the severity of the curvature and to identify the other components, which might be present alongside skoliosis. Your skoliosis treatment plan is formed after our clinical teams have had a chance of reviewing your x-rays and exam results.