What is scoliosis?


Scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine that often gets started in childhood, when the bones of the spine are still growing. In many cases the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown. Scoliosis is usually detected from a low shoulder, revealing a sideways curvature of the spine.


Scoliosis is more often seen in girls.


It is thought that scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury, such as falling off a bicycle. It usually starts with problems in the lower back.


The symptoms associated with scoliosis are often dismissed as “growing pains” delaying appropriate care.


Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20’s if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens. Unfortunately, the most common treatment approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets, resorting to unsightly braces, or eventually surgery, if it progresses too far.


Scoliosis is detected by uneven shoulder heights, a loss of structural balance, or a change in posture.


Since scoliosis is detected in this way, chiropractic doctors often pick up these signs earlier than traditional physicians. The chiropractic approach is to use specific spinal adjustments, often combined with corrective exercises. Early detection and chiropractic correction is important for optimum results. Do you know someone who could benefit from a chiropractic examination?


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