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This article was written by Herman Dunn, on our behalf to avoid bias.
We have all been indoctrinated into the medical model, and few of us have much understanding of chiropractic procedures.  Each is distinct, and it is important to know the difference if you wish to make intelligent health care choices.

Allow me to explain further.
First of all, let me make it clear that Chiropractic is not better than Medicine nor vice versa – they are just different.  The practice of medicine saves lives!  We need to know the truth about it, however, in order to use it appropriately.
If we view the scale of our state of health as a range from perfect health to extreme sickness, we can distinguish the focus of Chiropractic from the focus of Medicine and clearly see the difference between the two.  Medicine is primarily concerned with the sickness end of the scale, and the Medical Doctors are expert at identifying and treating illness.  
Chiropractic Doctors focus is on the health end of the scale and th…

Scoliosis Part 4: X-ray Findings and Treatment

X-ray Findings
X-rays taken to exam scoliosis are specifically taken from the front-to-back or back to front view of the middle and low back. In this position we are able to evaluate the spine for normal versus abnormal curvatures. In this normal x-ray, the spine should be straight and look symmetrical from both sides. In this x-ray diagnosed as scoliosis, there is an “S” shaped curve in the spine.

In evaluating an x-ray for scoliosis, the Cobb Method is the standard measurement performed. The result of the Cobb method is a degree of angulation; the higher the angulation, the more severe the scoliosis. A Cobb angle of 0-5 degrees is considered normal. From 5-10 degrees is considered abnormal from four to twenty years old (before the last growth spurts). Over 10 degrees is considered abnormal for all ages. As patients are treated for scoliosis, new x-rays are taken to show improvement.

There are 4 types of treatment available to correct scoliosis (in intensive or…