Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It begins as a postural distortion and can become a permanent deformity. Allowed to advance, it can interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.
- Congenital genetic predisposition
- Habitual behavioral routines
- Idiopathic unknown cause
Regardless of cause, early detection is essential.
An alert parent may notice that a high shoulder or low hip make clothing fit poorly. Uneven shoe wear can offer a clue. Back and leg pains may develop but are often dismissed as “growing pains.”
Wait and See?
Allowed to run its course, scoliosis usually worsens. Severe cases involve unsightly bracing or surgery that attaches steel rods, forcing the spine to straighten.
Chiropractic care is a more natural solution. A schedule of specific chiropractic adjustments help improve the function and structure of the spine. As muscles are retrained and strengthened, posture can improve. Over the course of several months or longer, the spine can “right itself.”
Chiropractors have helped a lot of young people with scoliosis.