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Chiropractic and Scoliosis

Teenage girls

Scoliosis seems to mainly affect girls between the ages of 8 to 18.

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.

Three Causes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Isn’t a certain amount of sideways curvature normal?
    Any type of sideways curvature is abnormal. From the back, the spine should appear straight. When scoliosis is present, there are usually two curves. A primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.
  • Isn’t scoliosis caused by a lack of calcium?
    No. However, there are a growing number of people who believe uncorrected spinal damage from the birth process may be involved. Some theorize that “walkers” may prematurely interrupt the crawling stage so essential for proper spinal development.
  • Do heavy back-packs cause scoliosis?
    Not necessarily, however this is a growing concern. Make sure your son or daughter use both shoulder straps on their back-packs so the weight is evenly distributed. Weigh their bag. Make sure it doesn’t exceed 10% -15% of their body weight.