June is National Scoliosis Month and no better way to celebrate than by getting an advanced screening to prevent the disease from ever becoming an issue.
Dr. Jane Leavell, of Rhino Scoliosis Center, 4045 Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 30, is offering …
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Dr. Jane Leavell, of Rhino Scoliosis Center, 4045 Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 30, is offering free screenings for those interested in learning more about the disease — which is when the spine grows in a C or an S shape, instead of straight — and making sure it has no effect on a person’s life.
“I’m a chiropractor who specializes in dealing with scoliosis,” Leavell said. “I’m about one of 15 in the world who do what I do.”
Leavell said that the screenings take around 10 minutes and consist of doing a posture check and photos in front of a grid so that any postural problems — like uneven shoulders — can be easily seen.
“There are different options that we will recommend,” she said. “If there are no postural problems, the patient should be screened again next year; if there are some posture problems, then a baseline X-ray is recommended; and if there are postural concerns, we will want to schedule a comprehensive exam right away.”
Leavell said the focus of her scoliosis work is on youth, since the disease is usually discovered during puberty. She added that around 90 percent of sufferers are girls.
“The usual treatment is a brace, but that can be hard for students who would have to wear it at school,” she said. “Surgery is also an option, but my goal is to help kids with out braces or surgery.”
If detected early enough, Leavell said that scoliosis can be reduced and in many cases, corrected.
“I’m not satisfied unless I get a reduction,” she said.
Leavell and the Rhino Center has been doing outreach work to local schools to get the word out to students and parents about the disease.
“When parents hear the phrase scoliosis they often panic a bit,” she said. “If caught early, it can be treated, but is very fast progressing and must be caught as soon as possible.”
Appointments for a free screening can be made by calling 303-452-7300. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.SPORTS: Arvada soccer girls make the final.
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