Typically, scoliosis begins as a minor bend in the spine that gradually progresses over a lifetime. A diagnosis of scoliosis is made when the spine curves more than ten degrees to the right or left when a patient is facing the examiner. Once the spine has advanced to more extreme stages of scoliosis there can be severe health consequences.
The good news is that if the bending of the spine is discovered early on and addressed, it can be prevented from advancing to a debilitating state.
Scoliosis is a bend or curve in the spine where a healthy spine would be completely vertical. The exact origin of the curve is often hard to trace. In the beginning it may be just a small bend caused by a simple misalignment of single vertebrae. Over time the body will begin to compensate, building musculature that will continue to pull the spine into lateral curves in order to ensure that the head remains level.
This misalignment can occur because of postural issues, degenerative diseases, and traumatic accidents. While many cases of scoliosis begin while the body is going through rapid spurts of development, particularly in youth aged 10-12, the condition can also develop in older adults as well. In older people, scoliosis is often caused by degenerative disorders such as osteoporosis.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SCOLIOSIS?
If scoliosis and its cause go unchecked it can lead to severe, long-term consequences. Scoliosis is associated with back, neck, shoulder, and buttocks pain. It can lead to re-occurring injuries and has been linked to sciatica. In severe cases it can cause diminished lung and heart capacity, painful menstruation, and physical disability.
HOW IS SCOLIOSIS IDENTIFIED?
Parents, or someone close to the person with scoliosis like a coach, are often the first to notice, as the shoulders and pelvis no longer appear level. A physical examination will assess the gait and will use visual and manual examinations to assess the curvature of the spine. An Adams Position Test, which requires the patient to bend forward as far as possible, can indicate whether an issue is present or not. If a noticeable curvature is discovered an x-ray will be used to determine the extent of the scoliosis.
CARE FOR SCOLIOSIS
Dr. Schragen is trained to complete a thorough examination that will determine the presence of scoliosis. Once the issue is identified, he will perform a full health history to identify any factors that could be contributing to the presence of scoliosis. This assessment helps to determine the appropriate treatment for the particular case.
Dr. Schragen uses a gentle and conservative approach to treatment that can prevent, slow, and stop the progression of scoliosis. He may perform specific spinal adjustments to reverse the body’s compensations and assist in the restoration process. If you are looking for a safe, non-invasive approach to treating scoliosis, All Pro Health has your back.
Dr. Todd Schragen is amazing at what he does. I have patella femoral tracking disorder and it was very hard for me to do small tasks, after being treated and using ARP Wave I am now able to do everyday activities. He just started to incorporate ARP Wave into his practice. ARP Wave is one of the best things ever! I highly recommend All Pro Health and their services.
I'm a multisport athlete and I saw Dr. Todd Schragen for a shoulder injury involving several different muscle groups. After just one visit, he had the situation under control so I could start healing. Dr. Schragen has an amazing understanding of athletes and how we train (and sometimes overtrain!) and approaches his treatment plan with the objective of getting you back out doing what you love! He has also devised a daily set of movements to keep his patients tuned up for a long life of activity. This guy is knowledgeable, compassionate and thoroughly understands his practice and patients. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Great experience. Dr. Schragen helped out with a bad sprained foot. He was very accommodating with his schedule and had very reasonable pricing. Highly recommend.
Dr. Todd Schragen is fantastic! I am a multi-sport athlete who has beaten up on her body for many years and occasionally need someone to glue me back together. Dr. Schragen is super thorough and really does everything possible to help get you back to doing what you love. He uses the "no stone left unturned" approach and is very knowledgable, professional and fun to work with. I am also a triathlon coach and would have no hesitation recommending All Pro Heath's services to my clients.
Dr. Todd Schragen is wonderful and beyond caring! After having a surgery I needed to rehab my foot and All Pro Health was amazing! Dr. Schragen explained all the exercises very throughly and helped me see major improvement. He really cares about all of his patients and understands their needs. I highly recommend Dr. Schragen and All Pro Health!
I highly recommend All Pro Health, especially Dr. Schragen! He was attentive, thorough, knowledgeable, & caring! I came in with lower back pain & Dr. Schragen made it his personal mission to have me feeling 100% again. I have already referred several friends and they are amazed at the quality of service. I’m so grateful for everything All Pro Health has done and I will continue to spread the word!
I started going to All Pro Health after having not done any kind of therapy or strengthening for years. Due to my diagnosis, it was assumed that I couldn’t build muscle, but Dr. Todd Schragen was not discouraged and gave his best effort to help me get in the best shape possible. After only a few sessions I felt a dramatic improvement in the way my body felt and operated. He brings both a wealth of knowledge, as well as a great energy. This is definitely the best experience I’ve had with physical therapy and will continue here to keep improving.
Dr. Todd Schragen is truly amazing. I’ve been seeing him since 2012 for various work related injuries and discomforts coming from a physically demanding profession. Time and time again he’s negated all issues and allowed me to effectively do my work. He’s super enthusiastic about what he does and it shows, all you need to do as a patient is follow what he asks you to do diligently and I promise those issues will subside and go away. Thank you Dr. Schragen for the recent help you provided, you’re the man!
Thank you Dr. Todd Schragen for helping me recover from spinal surgery. Your knowledge and attention to detail are amazing and your energy inspiring. Just what I needed to heal my mind and body.
All Pro Health has been great. I have been going for more than a few months now. Dr. Schragen is knowledgeable and dedicated to getting me back to doing what I love. He is constantly thinking of new ways to improve my recovery and quickly adapting to changes. I continue to look forward to going to each session. Highly recommend.
All-Pro Health is a very professional business. I found Dr. Schragen extremely knowledgeable. His goal is to get you feeling better and out doing the activities you love. He also provides you with the knowledge to prevent injuries. He sends you home with ways to recover which allows you to heal quickly and efficiently. He is passionate about what he does and it shows. I highly recommend him for any type of physical therapy. He's very personable and makes you feel very comfortable.
After experiencing pain in my foot and seeing a podiatrist for 8 months without relief, I saw Dr. Todd Schragen and within 10 seconds he identified a bone that was out of place. I was immediately able to walk pain-free again and am completely cured because of his holistic approach of focusing on all areas – from head to toe for posture, stretching and core strength. His energy, finesse and expertise has made all visits enjoyable. Dr. Schragen is my miracle worker!!
I suffer from spinal stenosis. I find the exercises Dr. Schragen has taught me, his soft tissue rub down on my legs, and the ARP device very helpful in giving me back a quality of life. You too can be MEDICINE FREE with the help of Dr. Schragen and All Pro Health.
Awesome results. Dr. Schragen fixed a shoulder injury I had been struggling with for years. Started to feel improvement after first appointment. Would 100% recommend him to anyone else.
Dr.Todd Schragen is amazing all around! I have been working with him for a few months for chronic knee pain. I can say I've had the most relief I have had in years. All Pro Health is very dedicated to their patients, and willing to go above and beyond to meet their patients needs. Very knowledgeable and professional, highly recommended!!!
I recently hurt my back picking up my daughter. After a couple days of my back being in pain I decided to reach out to All Pro Health which a friend of mine referred me to. Dr. Todd Schragen is an excellent doctor. He was able to diagnose the problem and immediately went to work. After my first visit, my back immediately had relief and within a week the pain was completely gone and I started having more mobility. Dr. Schragen has a lot of experience and understands his patients. I've been going for over a month and day by day my mobility has gotten better and its all thanks to Dr. Schragen.
Dr. Todd Schragen helped me a lot with lower back and hip discomfort. Very professional, clean, and a pleasure to do business with. Very easy to schedule and accommodating when you need an un-scheduled visit.
Dr. Todd Schragen is amazing! He listens to your body and breaks everything down step by step to rebuild and reform. Very knowledgeable and great energy!
Dr. Todd Schragen is incredibly skilled and knowledgeable in his craft. His patience and persistence are reassuring and he prioritizes the patients needs, dedicating his time and attention, which is uncommon in almost any practice setting. I am thrilled with my results and would highly recommend him to anyone for treatment, maintenance or proficiency of movement. Dr. Schragen’s goal is overall functional health and it is apparent in his application to each case. If you’re an athlete, a couch potato or somewhere in between, and just want to remain injury free, definitely come here!