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Scoliosis, chiropractic care for scoliosis

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

  1. congenital genetic tendencies
  2. characteristic behavior routines, and
  3. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Isn’t some sideways spine curvature normal?

Any sideways curvature of the spine is not normal. The spine should be straight. Scoliosis is evident when there are two curves to the spine. The initial curve goes in one direction and the compensatory curve turns in the opposite direction.

Does lack of calcium cause scoliosis?

No, but some people believe that damage resulting from birth may be a contributing factor or that babies who begin walking earlier disrupt the crawling stage which affects proper development of the spine.

Is scoliosis caused by a heavy backpack?

A heavy backpack does not cause scoliosis but it is a concern. It is important for both shoulder straps be used so that weight is evenly distributed across the body. The pack should weigh no more than 10-15% of the child’s body weight.
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