by Marie

Leg length inequality

Leg length inequality

I just found out that my 15 year old son has mild scoliosis. I had him see his doctor for a school sports physical and the doctor sent him for x-rays after bending him over and looking at his back.

I remember when I went to school, the school nurse used to check for that every year. Obviously the don't do that anymore. Anyway, I went on-line to find some info on scoliosis and found quite a bit of information. But, there is too much information for me to make a judgment call. What is YOUR opinion on chiropractic care for scoliosis??

Thank You,
Concerned Mother

Hello Marie,
The first question is: how mild is mild. Ask what the Cobb's angle is.

The second is, does he have any pain at all? None, nothing?

Third, is there scoliosis in the family, or back problems in general?

And fourthly, perhaps the most important, does he have a short leg. Stand behind him, place your hands on the pelvic crests, and see if they are level. This should really be done by a professional, but it may give you an idea. Because an orthotic NOW to correct for a leg length deficiency, may greatly reduce the risk of the scoliosis worsening and lots of problems later.

Every chiropractor treats scoliosis on a daily basis. But if he has a 30 degree plus scoliosis, I recommend you see a chiropractor who specialises in scoliosis.

This next page will explain why scoliosis can be a nightmare, but only rarely is. A lifetime of simple back exercises will save him much grief in the future. http://www.chiropractic-books.com/Leg-Length-Inequality.html

The X-ray above demonstrates how a short leg can cause a mild scoliosis. Can you send me a copy of his photos? If digital, save onto your desktop and then attach the file to this page. Otherwise photograph it with your camera, and do the same. It's vital you get those X-rays, and keep them safe. Otherwise in a year or two they'll be discarded.

I hope this helps.


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Oct 13, 2011
by: Marie

Thank you for getting back to me. I'm pretty sure that the nurse told me that his scoliosis was .6 degree?? Does that make any sense? I am glad you told me to get the x-ray though. We are moving from Florida, up to New Jersey next week and I will definitely pick up his x-rays and measure his legs. I will post pictures for you probably this weekend if I have time. He did have a broken leg when he was small, (long story) and the Doctor at All Childrens in St. Petersburg Fl. told me back then, to bring him back every couple of years, because they wanted to make sure both of his legs were growing at the same rate. I definitely do not want this to get any worse and will check his legs to see if they are the same. If he does need a lift in his shoe, who or where would be the best place to take him to?
Thanks, Marie

Pleasure Marie.
A 6* scoliosis is very mild, and you shouldn't be too concerned. Nevertheless he should do exercises daily so this isn't the beginning of a life-long problem back; just like brushing your teeth. Prevention.

And if the cause of the scoliosis is a short leg, your chiropractor will help with giving the right amount of lift in the shoe. It will also reduce the chance of hip and knee arthritis in the future.

But at 6 degrees, you have no need to be unduly anxious.

Dr B

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