Mobile apps for almost everything are available including health and medical tracking. Dr Kevin Lau, a renowned chiropractor from Singapore has developed an iphone app capable of tracking a person’s scoliosis.
Essentially a smart, digitized scoliometer, Dr Lau was one of the first in Singapore to provide nonsurgical treatment for the condition. Dr Lau explains how the app works:
“Scoliotrack helps measure how much rotation is in a spine. When a spine curves for example as a person bends forward the ribs on one side should protrude. Doctors use a device called a scoliometer which is essentially what the iPhone app is. The app has the added benefit of tracking and saving certain data in your iPhone including your age, weight, height and a picture of your back.”
Using scoliometer the patient can track the curvature in their spine from month to month by using the iPhone accelerometer just as a doctor would with a scoliometer.
The advantages are immeasurable with no unnecessary xrays bombarding your body with poisonous radiation and in the comfort of your own home or even on the road you will have the tools to give yourself an examination. Readings are organized chronologically and can easily be visualized without having complex medical knowledge.
Patients diagnosed with scoliosis have options that don’t include surgery which carries certain risks and often followed by a long painful recovery. At the Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland, we offer alternative treatments. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.
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Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by a person’s spine curving sideways. On a normal spine xray the spine appears straight but if a patient has scoliosis the spine will look like a “c” or “s.” If you suspect you have scoliosis there are some things to look for as follows.
Besides looking at x rays there are some signs you that you could have scoliosis so you want to observe yourself in front of a mirror.
- Notice if your head is not centered on your body, or are your shoulders uneven (either one is in front of the other or one might be higher than the other)
- Uneven shoulder blades: one is more prominent or higher
- Uneven waist angle: the gap between arm to trunk is wider on one side
- One hip is more prominent than the other or the hips are not leveled
- The spine line is not straight
You can also perform a Forward Bend test ( also called “ Adam’s test” ) to test for possible scoliosis. Standing with your feet together, then bend forward as far as you can with your palms together, fingers pointing at between you legs. Look at the back to see if one side of the back (either the upper or lower back region) is higher than the other side.
If you suspect you have scoliosis, the best way to be sure is being evaluated by a Doctor who will order the appropriate tests including xrays. Depending on the degree of curvature it may be suggested that surgery or wearing a brace is advisable to lessen the curvature. Patients often search for other options that are less invasive such as those we offer at the Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland Florida. Contact us to schedule an appointment today or to discuss treatment options.
In order to quantify and track the progression of scoliosis a standard measurement known as the Cobb Angle (named after Dr. John R Cobb) is used. In 1948 he outlined how to measure the angle of the spinal curve, a method used worldwide to quantify spinal deformities.
For those being tested before puberty the Forward Bending test is usually used and only those testing positive will have x rays taken.
What is the significance of the Cobb Angle?
By determining the curvature of the spine in degrees using the Cobb Angle, Doctors can decide on the level of treatment needed. A curvature of 10 degrees is regarded as a minimum angulation to define scoliosis. The next range of 10 to 15 degrees does not normally require treatment other than monitoring by an Orthopaedic doctor until the patient has gone through puberty. A measurement of 20 to 40 degrees will generally result in the Orthopaedic doctor prescribing a back brace to prevent the curvature from worsening.
When is surgery required?
If the Cobb Angle is 40 to 50 degrees or more, surgery may be required to correct the curve. The surgery involves a spinal fusion to link or fuse the vertebrae together to prevent further curvature is performed. Patients undergoing surgery with all the possible complications and risks face a long and often painful recovery.
If this sounds painful, as a patient diagnosed with this condition you may be searching for alternative treatments and found our website. Patients just like you have turned to the a for less invasive methods to improve their scoliosis. Contact our office today to make an appointment or to answer your questions about our scoliosis treatments.
For those diagnosed with scoliosis they often wonder about the causes of this often painful condition. Sometimes it can be caused by or exacerbated by a leg length discrepancy. Leg length can be a true difference in the length of legs or the result of pelvic tilt.
In order to make a determination the doctor will have the patient lie on their back then measure from the ASIS (a bony landmark in front of the hip) to the medial malleolus (the inner ankle bone) of the same leg. After comparing the measurements of both legs it can be seen it a discrepancy exists.
Causes of leg length inequality/discrepancy
A congenital condition, one or more fracture(s) or bone infection could account for leg length discrepancy. Leg length discrepancy may be due to pelvic tilt caused by muscle imbalances. Whether true or apparent the implications are the same by affecting a person’s gait which will cause knee, ankle and hip dysfunction. Functional scoliosis could also result and if the cause is not addressed, the scoliosis could become structural.
When a patient has either structural or functional scoliosis along with a leg discrepancy, spinal and rib cage muscle imbalances are apparent and should be addressed. Also any decision to prescribe a heel lift requires careful thought as it could feed into the progression of the curve. As this article shows the cause of scoliosis are varied and the utmost care needs to be taken so treatment does not cause increased curvature.
Should a patient’s curvature becomes so advanced that bracing or surgery is prescribed they may find themselves looking for alternative treatments options. The Scoliosis Treatment Clinic in Lakeland Florida offers just such an alternative for those diagnosed with this condition and having great results. Call and book your appointment today to discuss how our scoliosis treatments work.