Scoliosis: Can it be prevented?

Scoliosis is tragic. It causes both physical and emotional pain and suffering. This sideways bending of the spine shows up as abnormal posture and then finally, deformity. If allowed to advance, it can interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.

 

Scoliosis affects boys and more frequently, girls between the ages of 8 and 18. The cause caries. 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 it is 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 the spine to force it 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.

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