The Surprising Presence of Scoliosis in Modern Society

Many individuals are under the misconception that scoliosis is exceedingly rare thanks to the progression of modern medicine. You might be surprised to learn that this is more of a myth than a reality.

What is Scoliosis?

This condition affects the shape of the spine so that its curvature roughly appears like the letter “S”. A ‘cobb’ angle of 10 degrees is what defines the curvature of the spine as scoliosis, however chiropractors frequently see back pain complaints from even smaller degrees of curvature in the spine and it is relatively common. Although it normally presents during late childhood and early adolescence, all ages can be impacted. It is also interesting to note that the causes of this ailment are still not yet fully understood. Still, scientists believe that such a spinal deformation is largely the result of sudden growth spurts.

How Many People are Diagnosed with this Condition?

It is estimated that one out of every 1,000 children within the United Kingdom will be found to have this condition every year. This roughly represents two to three per cent of the entire population. If the population of the United Kingdom is 67 million, this roughly equates to 1.34 million individuals.

Are There Different Types?

The most common form is known as idiopathic (no cause can be attributed to its presence). However, other types can be seen at birth (congenital) or may develop as the result of a neurological issue (neuromuscular). The most important takeaway point here is that the severity of the condition will normally dictate that types of treatment options are available, however chiropractic treatment can be an effective treatment for the majority of scoliosis cases. We should also make it a point to mention that there is currently no known cure for this disease. However, several steps can be taken to minimise its impact upon daily life.

What Treatment Options are Available?

One of the main issues associated with this condition is that it can cause a substantial amount of pain. During acute episodes, it has been suggested that chiropractic intervention can provide significant relief. The majority of cases seen by Neuroworks Chiropractic have shown improvement through spinal manipulation, exercise and postural changes. In actual fact, most degrees of scoliosis severity and discomfort can actually be treated through chiropractic care with manipulation exercise and postural correction.

Other alternatives include back braces (useful in children and adolescents) and in very rare situations, corrective surgery. Still, let us not fail to mention that everyone will respond differently to such treatments. Therefore it is important to keep an open mind in order to determine which options produce the most beneficial results.

What is the Long-Term Prognosis?

This will depend upon the individual in question as well as any additional underlying health factors that may come into play. Although this condition might not gain as much publicity as other medical conditions, the fact of the matter is that it impacts the lives of millions. Therefore early diagnosis and intervention are essential. To discuss how chiropractic treatment can assist with scoliosis, please contact Neuroworks on 020 8566 3757.

Sleeping and Vertigo: How They Relate and Tips for Better Sleep

Vertigo refers to the sensation of spinning or being off balance. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like that you or your surroundings are moving or spinning. This feeling can happen to anyone but is most common in women and people aged 65 and over

Attacks of vertigo can be barely noticeable or can be severe that they can affect your ability to function in daily life. If they happen at night, they can interfere with your sleep. Attacks can last for a few seconds or several days and can be temporary or long term. It’s worth mentioning that vertigo is not a fear of heights as most people believe. However, while the fear of heights may accompany a spell of dizziness, vertigo can happen anywhere.

In addition to the sensation of moving and spinning, vertigo is also associated with the following symptoms: 

• Feeling sick or being sick 
• Nausea and vomiting 
• Balance problems and lightheadedness 
• A feeling of fullness in the ear 

Causes 

Dizzy spells are caused by an inner ear problem. About 90% of all cases of vertigo are caused by one of the following conditions: 

• Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) occurs when tiny calcium particles (responsible for keeping your balance) clump up in your inner ear canals. The vast majority of (90%) vertigo cases are attributed to BPPV. 

• Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disease thought to be caused by an abnormal amount of fluid (endolymph) in the ear. It can cause recurring episodes of vertigo along with a feeling of fullness in the ear, ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and hearing loss. 

• Acute peripheral vestibulopathy (APV), also called labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis is a viral inflammation or ischaemia of the inner ear. The syndrome is characterised by vertigo, falls, unilateral canal paresis with normal hearing, and past pointing towards the affected side. 

Vertigo and Sleep 

Research strongly suggests that there are associations between sleep quality and illnesses associated with dizziness such as vertigo. We often change the position of our head when we fall asleep and as we wake up which can trigger vertigo. Attacks of vertigo can make you extremely uncomfortable and delay your sleep. And as we all know; poor sleep quality can have significant negative effects your daytime functioning. 

Minimizing the Effects of Vertigo During Sleep 

Here are some tips to help you sleep better with vertigo: 

• Consider vestibular rehabilitation – this exercise-based program is aimed at improving balance and strengthening the vestibular system. 
• Try canalith repositioning procedure/manoeuvres (CRP) – CRP is a series of head and body movements designed to remove calcium deposits trapped in the ear’s semi-circular canal. These movements are safe and effective in treating benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. 
• Elevate your head – you can sleep with your head propped up on two or more pillows. 
• Avoid sudden movements, stretching your neck, and lowering your head past your shoulders 
• Get up slowly when getting out of bed 

While some cases of vertigo go away without any treatment, some do not. If you experience repeated episodes of vertigo for months, it is important that you see a medical professional. Depending on the cause and the severity of your vertigo, your medical professional may recommend chiropractic care, medication or surgery. The team of chiropractors at Neuroworks can help if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of vertigo or if your sleep is affected by vertigo. Speak to the Neuroworks team on 020 8566 3757.