Most commonly affecting young women between the ages of 8 and 18, scoliosis is an atypical lateral curvature of the spine that begins as a distortion of posture but may become a permanent abnormality. If not properly addressed, scoliosis may compromise the proper function of heart, lungs and other fundamental organs.
There are three primary causes of scoliosis, which include
- congenital genetic tendencies
- characteristic behavior routines, and
- unidentified, or idiopathic, causes.
Early detection can make an enormous difference in treatment options and quality of life.
Parents may notice that their child’s clothing fits poorly due to one shoulder being higher than the other or a hip that is lower than the other. Uneven shoe wear is another common sign. There may be pains in the back and legs that are dismissed as “growing pains.”
Scoliosis often worsens without treatment. Braces or surgery involving steel rods may be necessary in severe cases.
Chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis may aid in improving posture by retraining muscles. Schedule your consultation today to discuss treatment for your child.