Rib hump due to adolescent scoliosis in an 11 yr old boy

Photos showing a patient before and after treatment at Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic, Chertsey, Surrey.

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This eleven year old boy was brought into clinic by his parents for a check of his spine because of a family history of scoliosis. Viewing his back in a standing posture the evidence of scoliosis was not yet marked and therefore not easy to be picked up by his parents. However, clinical testing showed the presence of a left sided ‘rib-hump’ with an associated bending of the spine. This can be clearly seen in the left¬†photograph, before treatment started, where the red line does not sit level across the entire rib cage and the left ribs rise up on that side, with the spine bending over towards the right.¬†Examination of this patient using our whole body approach, also revealed mechanical dysfunctions in his pelvis which would give an un-level base for the spine to sit on, as well as torsioning of the hips and legs, causing flattened arches in the feet. Continue reading to see how our whole body treatment helped reduce this scoliotic rib hump after six treatment sessions.

Treatment was aimed at his whole musculoskeletal framework, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia using gentle techniques to alter the positioning of the pelvis, spinal vertebrae and adjust the attaching soft tissues. Following six treatment sessions it can be seen, in the right photograph that:

  • No ‘rib-hump’ is evident on the left, with the red line now touching both sides of the back and ribs equally
  • The whole rib-cage no longer twists to the right when forward bending, the right arm is no longer visible
  • The spine can be seen to run centrally down the back now
  • The muscles on both sides of the spine look more balanced

Regular treatment continues in this patient as his body is now going through his pubertal adolescent years, the time during which idiopathic adolescent scoliosis generally occurs and scoliosis becomes most noticeable.

Interestingly, his sister who was checked at the same time having just turned ten years, had no scoliosis present. However, having been checked again three months later had a slight rib hump and segmentation in the corresponding spine levels. With treatment to her musculo-skeletal framework the rib-hump is no longer evident. She now also comes for regular treatment and checks as she approaches the key time for scoliosis to develop.

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