Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It begins as a postural change and can become a permanent deformity if left uncorrected. Allowed to advance, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.
- Congenital – these usually cause a “structural” deformity where vertebrae in the spine do not develop correctly and leave the spine predisposed to abnormal curvature. X-ray imaging may be necessary to determine the location of changes if Dr Brady feels it that it may be necessary after a thorough examination.
- Habitual – behavioral routines and repetitive poor habits like slouching, hold a bag on one side, or even crossing the same leg can cause a more “functional” scoliosis, which is easier to correct.
- Idiopathic unknown cause
Regardless of cause, early detection will be helpful.
How Can I Tell?
A 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.” Even in adults you may notice high shoulder or one leg may feel shorter than another.
Should I Wait and See What Happens?
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.
Chiropractic Can Help
Our objective at Vitality Family Chiropractic is to address the root cause of the scoliosis, whether it be a structural or functional scoliosis, we can help maintain proper spinal health to ensure optimal vitality for years to come.