What if your spine looked like this?
Imagine having to go through open spinal surgery for rods to be placed in your spine or being an adult with severe degeneration and a hunchback. Imagine how difficult it would be for you to perform simple tasks such as bending over to pick up a pencil, or standing for no more than 30 minutes at a time.
What is scoliosis?
The natural anatomy of the human spine is designed to be straight when looking at it from the front or back. However, when the spine shifts from the center to either side by 10 degrees or more, it is called scoliosis. The most common types of scoliosis are functional (musculoskeletal dysfunction) and congenital (abnormality of the bone in the spine at birth). Scoliosis is screened for in young children by their chiropractors, pediatricians, family doctors and middle schools.
DOCTORS AT ALPHA SPINE CENTER ARE EXPERTS IN DETECTING AND CORRECTING SCOLIOSIS.
Why is it important to screen for scoliosis?
A shift in the spine creates stress on the function of the nervous system. It also causes heart and lung problems, severe physical deformity, chronic back pain, and osteoarthritis. Curves should be detected early during childhood as they progress through adulthood.
How is scoliosis managed?
The doctors at the Alpha Spine Center (ASC) manage scoliosis by re-aligning the spine naturally. They have consistently seen straightening of the curve by more than a couple of degrees within a MONTH. On the other hand, orthopedic surgeons specializing in the spine will monitor the curve, brace the curve, or correct the curve through a surgical procedure. Patient Story at Alpha Spine Center.
Elizabeth Seago a 28-year-old young business owner of Mitties Café in Alpharetta, GA came to the Alpha Spine Center (ASC) on September 26, 2016, with chronic low back pain and headaches. Since middle school, she had been experiencing pressure behind eyes, neck pain, shoulder pain, poor posture, knee and sharp leg pain and had a family history of scoliosis. When the doctors at ASC took images of her spine, they found a 17.4-degree thoracic curve to the left and a 14.4-degree lumbar curve to the right. Elizabeth had no idea she had scoliosis. Can you imagine what was going through her head when she saw those curves? The look on her face was of shock. Right after her first NUCCA adjustment, she started to feel a difference. When she was re-evaluated a month later, her images showed a decrease of her thoracic spine by 8 degrees and a reduction of her lumber spine by 9 degrees, making her SCOLIOSIS FREE! We are proud to say at the Alpha Spine Center that straightening of the spine is consistent after just 5 visits! Elizabeth is just one of the success stories and stated she was feeling 65% better since she started. Now she can function better and is able to run her business more efficiently with no pains and a straighter spine. She can focus on her restaurant, rather than the pain. Below are images of her spine before and after NUCCA care.
Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature
By: Kirk Eriksen
Published: 2004 Lippincott & Wilkins
Essentials of Skeletal Radiology, 2nd Ed. Vol 1. p 307 Scoliosis.
By Yochum and Rowe
Summer is an awesome time of the year! Full of family gatherings, vacations and plenty of time outside. Kids will be out of school spending loads of time playing outdoors with their buddies. What one of the most popular and yet incredibly harmful activities kids love to do is jump on a trampoline. They are extremely dangerous if not used correctly. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises that even with nets: “Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow children to use home trampolines.” Children 6 and under should never bounce on a trampoline. But let’s face it someone in your neighborhood has a trampoline. Kids are just going to bounce and bounce without a care for their safety. The absolute worst thing children can do and will is jump with multiple friends at once. Double bouncing and playing “popcorn” doubly increases their chances of a severe injury. Even with adult supervision, the “one child bounce at a time” rule isn't necessarily in place. The statistic is that 75% of trampoline injuries occur when several kids are jumping at once. Also, many insurance companies won’t insure homeowners that have a trampoline on the premises and/or may not cover trampoline-related claims. Coverage is highly variable.
You might be asking yourself then, how bad can a trampoline be? They are super fun! It's simple physics really. A trampoline creates a rebounding force into the spine causing your joints to compress. The harder you jump, the more force it creates into the body thus increasing the chance of severe trauma to the body. While kids can maintain some control on the up motion, it’s the down motion that is harder to control. This is where injury usually happens. Lacerations, sprains to ligaments, strains to muscle fibers, broken arms and legs and hyperextended knees are just some of the injuries that can occur. And those are the minor ones! Avulsion fractures can occur where a fragment of bone tears away from the main mass of bone. Yikes! Not to mention the occurrence of concussions and disc herniations to the spinal structure. Furthermore, injuries sustained on a trampoline can be equal to or sometimes worse than an auto accident whiplash!
If you or your child have any soreness after bouncing on a trampoline, you can be sure that there has been damage to your body. It is imperative that you call a N.U.C.C.A. doctor immediately. The sooner, the better! N.U.C.C.A. is ideal for addressing trampoline injuries. The most important thing when injured is to realign the spine and extremities and allow them to heal properly. It takes muscles 4-6 weeks to recover, ligaments 6-8 weeks, and nerves 3-4 months. This can ruin summertime fun! We at Alpha Spine Center have seen 100’s of children over the years with minor to major injuries from bouncing on a trampoline. What is our advice to parents? Say no to trampolines (and bounce houses for that matter)! With the warmer weather upon us, we expect to see these preventable injuries. The statistics over the last couple of decades speak for themselves. Just because there isn’t an outright ban of these dangerous “toys” doesn’t mean they are safe. We urge you, parents, to ask yourselves whether a few minutes of “innocent," joyful bouncing is really worth the risk of a catastrophic injury to your child’s developing brain and bones.