How to Check your Child for Scoliosis


X-Ray of Scoliosis

Dr. Joe Papia

Chiropractor in Tampa Fl 33602

Scoliosis is when a person’s spine is curved

On an x-ray, viewed from the rear, the spine of an individual with a typical scoliosis may look more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line.

It is typically caused by vertebral anomalies present at birth, or having developed as a secondary symptom of another condition, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy or physical trauma.

Scoliosis affects approximately 7 million people in the United States

The signs of scoliosis can include:

  • Head Tilt
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
  • A rib prominence and/or a prominent shoulder blade, caused by rotation of the ribcage in thoracic scoliosis
  • Uneven hips / leg lengths
  • Asymmetric size or location of breast in females
  • Slow nerve action (in some cases)

In the case of the most common form of scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, there is no clear cause and it is generally believed to be multifactorial. Genetic factors in the development of this condition is widely accepted.

Scoliosis is more often diagnosed in females

In some cases, scoliosis exists at birth due to a congenital vertebral anomaly. Occasionally, development of scoliosis during adolescence is due to an underlying anomaly such as a tethered spinal cord, but most often the cause is unknown, having been inherited through multiple factors.

Scoliosis often presents itself, or worsens, during the adolescence growth spurt.

Dr. Joe Papia Chiropractor in the Tampa Fl 33602 area demonstrates

How to Check your Child for Scoliosis


Examination Tests described

by Dr. Joe Papia

Chiropractor in Tampa Fl 33602

Look at your examination card for the test with a check mark or positive sign next to it.

Click on the word that corrisponds to that test. Dr. Papia will give a brief video description of the test and the meaning of a positive test.

Chiropractic Examination Tests:

Adsons Test

Bechterews Test

Braggards Test

Cervical Dermatomes

Cervical Lateral Flexion Compression Test

Cervical Range of Motion Test

Cervical Reflexes

Cervical Rotation Compression Test

DLR Test

Fabre Test

Gainslens Test

Heel and Toe Walk Test

Hyperextension Cervical Compression Test

Kemps Test

Kick Test

Linders Test

Lumbar Dermatomes

Lumbar Reflexes

Maximum Cervical Rotary Compression Test

Muscle Test Lower Extremity

Muscle Test Upper Extremity

Neck Distraction Test

Neck Muscle Test

Palpation and Musculature Test

Thoraco-Lumbar Range of Motion

Sciatic Nerve Test

Shoulder Depression Test

SLR Test

Soto-Hall Test

Valsalva Test

Dr. Joe Papia chiropractor in Tampa Fl 33603 will go over the results of your test during your report of findings.

Traction Therapy


Interferential Current Therapy


Factors that Help Healing:

  1. Controlling the Inflammation: Inflammation inhibits the healing process. This is why it is so important to control and diminish inflammation.
  2. Ice Pack: Cold compression helps to decrease inflammation by decreasing the tissue damage at the cellular level. Cold also constricts tissue reducing cell damage, and decreasing fluid release.
  3. Nutrition Rich Diet
    • Vitamin C: Main precursor to tissue repair and collagen formation.
    • Copper: Mineral needed in soft tissue or collagen repair.
    • Protein: Specifically lysine and proline are amino acids required for soft tissue (collagen) repair.
  4. Controlled Active and Passive Motion
    • Increases Circulation
    • Decreases Swelling
  5. Muscle Stimulation
    • Increase oxygen rich blood and nutrients needed for soft tissue healing.

Factors that Inhibit Healing:

  1. Age and Severity of Condition
    • Longer we have a problem it can heal wrong and now become permanent
    • Age-Decreased metabolism and therefore the body’s ability to heal itself.
  2. Osteoarthritis: Result of old injuries that have permanently healed wrong to some degree.
  3. Tissue type: Not all tissue heals same due decrease levels of circulation
    • Cartilage-Heals very Slow
    • Muscle-Heals quick
    • Tendons-Heal slow
    • Ligaments-Heal very slow
    • Nerves-Heal very slow if at all
    • Discs-Heal very Slow
  4. Swelling: Inhibits the body’s’ normal healing process. The repair phase occurs after inflammation and swelling.
  5. Hemorrhage: Damaged cells release chemicals irritants that are pro-inflammatory and inhibit the healing process.
  6. Scar Tissue from old injuries: Alter and inhibit the repair phase of healing.
  7. Infection: Releases cellular chemicals irritants that cause pain and are pro-inflammatory.
  8. Poor Nutrition
    • Lack Vitamin C: Needed for collagen formation in the repair phase of healing
    • Lack Copper: Needed for collagen formation
    • Lack Protein: Specifically lysine and proline are needed for collagen (repair) tissue.
  9. Medications that inhibit collagen formation:
    • NSAIDS: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
    • Aspirin
    • Motrin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Corticosteroids
  10. Smoking
    • Significantly decrease oxygen supply to the tissue
    • Stimulates vasoconstriction, decreasing oxygen and nutrition to the affected area.
    • Increases platelet adhesiveness