Information is essential when it comes to detection. The challenge of recognizing scoliosis early is that, frequently, scoliosis can be silent, with subtle signs rather than symptoms, because often the condition does not cause pain.
Woburn, MA (Vocus) September 9, 2010
Dr. Marc Moramarco of Scoliosis 3DC, Woburn, Massachusetts appeared on Fox 25 News Boston in an effort to increase awareness about the early detection and diagnosis of scoliosis. Scoliosis is a three-dimensional spinal condition where the spine deviates laterally to the side, the vertebrae rotate or twist, and forward/backward spinal malalignment may occur.
Dr. Moramarco emphasizes, “Information is essential when it comes to detection. The challenge of recognizing scoliosis early is that, frequently, scoliosis can be silent, with subtle signs rather than symptoms, because often the condition does not cause pain.” Signs parents should be aware of are: unlevel shoulders or hips, a shoulder or hip prominence, scapula winging, head tilt, and rib prominence. Rib prominence is evident in the Adam’s Forward Bend Test.
“Early diagnosis is necessary so steps can be taken to try and halt progression of the spinal curvature,” according to Dr. Moramarco.
Instruction at Scoliosis 3DC focuses on helping patients gain control of the postural condition via the Schroth Method - a three-dimensional exercise and breathing approach used in Germany since the 1920‘s. It also incorporates Scoliologic™ techniques, developed by Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss, grandson of Schroth Method creator, Katharina Schroth. All techniques are based on structural principles aimed at preventing curve progression. Schroth Method goals are to halt or reduce curve progression, increase lung capacity and chest expansion, improve posture and cosmetic appearance, spinal stabilization, reduce pain -if present- and to instruct patients to maintain corrections during daily activities.
The Schroth Method is sometimes used in conjunction with bracing and can give patients significantly improved odds of preventing surgery, or re-vision surgery. Nearly all patients practicing Schroth report that the scoliosis specific exercises result in an improved quality of life.
Dr. Moramarco’s Fox Boston appearance coincides with his upcoming participation in Healthy Living Magazine’s Health Expo in North Andover, Massachusetts on Sunday, September 12, where he will speak about conservative treatment for scoliosis, answer questions, and offer screenings.
Dr. Moramarco, a chiropractor, immersed himself in the study of alternative treatments for scoliosis nearly ten years ago when his twelve year-old daughter was diagnosed with the condition.
Patients and parents say his experience as a parent of a child with scoliosis gives him an empathy and perspective they appreciate. He established Scoliosis 3DC in 2007 after becoming the first US practitioner to receive his Schroth certification at the renowned Askelpios Katharina Schroth Clinic, in Bad Sobernheim, Germany.