Scoliosis

ScoliosisAbnormal lateral curvature of the spine is known as Scoliosis. It starts of as a postural deformation and may become a permanent deformity. If the issue is left alone or ignored, it could impede functions of the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.

The Causes

  1. Congenital genetic predisposition
  2. Habitual behavioral routines
  3. Idiopathic unknown cause

No matter the cause, early detection is always helpful.

Clear Signs

While observing your child, you may note that a high shoulder or low hip cause clothing to fit poorly. Even uneven shoe wear gives a hint. Developing back and leg pains are often disregarded as “growing pains.”

Wait and See?

If not attended to in time, chances are scoliosis will worsen.. In extreme cases, unsightly bracing or surgery that attaches steel rods can be involved, forcing the spine to straighten.

Natural Approach

Regularly scheduled, specific chiropractic adjustments could mean improved spinal function and structure. Posture can also improve with strengthened and retrained muscles.
If you have concerns, please visit us so that we can see what our chiropractic care can do for you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Isn’t it normal to have a slight amount of sideways curvature?
    If the spine doesn’t appear straight from the back, it’s not normal. If any curvature occurs in the spine it’s abnormal. In the case of scoliosis, there is a primary curve with a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.
  • Is lack of calcium the cause of scoliosis?
    While calcium isn’t the culprit, there is an ever-increasing number of people who believe that uncorrected spinal damage from being given birth could be the cause. Others believe that when babies skip the crawling process and go straight to becoming ‘early walkers’ they also miss out the period for suitable spinal development.
  • Is scoliosis caused by heavy back-packs?
    While this isn’t necessarily true, it is a growing concern. Ensure that if you or your children use a back-pack, it doesn’t surpass 10% -15% of the body weight.