Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It begins as a postural distortion and may become a permanent deformity. Allowed to advance, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.
- Congenital genetic predisposition
- Habitual behavioral routines
- Idiopathic unknown cause
An alert parent may notice that a high shoulder or low hip make clothing fit poorly. Or uneven shoe wear offers a clue. Back and leg pains may develop but are often dismissed as “growing pains.”
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Allowed to run its course, scoliosis may often worsen. Severe cases may involve unsightly bracing or surgery that attaches steel rods, forcing the spine to straighten.
Many specialists, for example, will use a chiropractic technique known as spinal decompression therapy. This method aims to relieve pressure on the affected vertebrae, allowing the disc fluid to return to its proper positioning and thus relieving pain. Spinal adjustment techniques may also be used depending on the situation.
A schedule of specific chiropractic adjustments may help improve the function and structure of the spine. As muscles are retrained and strengthened, posture may improve.
Bring your child in so we can discuss your concerns and explore the possibilities.