Scoliosis affects boys and more frequently, girls between the ages of 8 to 18. The cause varies. Some are born with this spinal deviation (congenital). Others get it from assuming a distorted head or hip position (habitual). Sadly, in many cases the cause is still unknown.
In the beginning, when easiest to correct, there are rarely symptoms. However, an alert parent may notice that a high shoulder or low hip makes clothing fit poorly. Back and leg pains may develop but are often overlooked as merely "growing pains." Neglect is the biggest danger.
If allowed to run its course, scoliosis can steadily worsen. Early detection is critical. Severe cases can involve surgery. This procedure attaches steel rods to force the spine to straighten.
Chiropractic care has helped many young women avoid the unhappy effects of scoliosis. The procedure is simple.
First, a thorough examination helps detect scoliosis in its early stage. Then, corrective action can begin at once. The primary course of care is a program of specific chiropractic adjustments. These help improve the function and structure of the spine. Muscles strengthen. Posture can improve.
Chiropractic care has helped countless young women reclaim their health, posture and their self-esteem.
Isn't a certain amount of sideways curvature normal?
Any type of sideways curvature is abnormal. From the back, the spine should appear straight. When scoliosis is present, there are usually two curves: a primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.
Does a lack of calcium or carrying a heavy book bag cause scoliosis?
No. However, there are a growing number of authorities who believe uncorrected spinal damage from the birth process may be involved. Others suggest that using walkers to encourage early walking may be a culprit.
What's the best time for a scoliosis examination?
As with the case of many health problems, early detection can improve the likelihood of correction. Wise parents consult our office soon after the birth of their child. Then they follow up with periodic chiropractic checkups throughout their child's developing years.
Photo: Mom tucking in young girl's blouse
Caption: Clothing that doesn't fit correctly can be an early sign of scoliosis.
Photo: Boys and girl properly wearing backpacks
Caption: Make sure your son or daughter uses both shoulder straps on their backpacks and their load doesn't exceed 15 percent of their body weight.
Photo: Child in diaper
Caption: Some theorize that "walkers" may prematurely interrupt the crawling stage that is essential for proper spinal development.
Photo: X-ray showing two rods wired to spine
Caption: Surgical intervention often involves bolting a steel rod to the child's spinal column!
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