How to know if you or your child or teenager has scoliosis:
- You observe a noticeable change in posture or symmetry of back, shoulders, shoulder blades or hips has developed.
- Clothing begins to hang unevenly on the body.
- You notice the ribs or should blade protrude more on one side of the back than the other side.
- The ribs or shoulder blade stick out more on one side of the back than the other.
- The arms are being held rigidly by the side while walking.
- There is a reduced ability to balance the body with eyes closed.**
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral or sideways curvature of the spine. Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. Many cases of scoliosis can be considered to be mild resulting in very few uncomfortable symptoms however some young people develop spinal deformities that can become more severe, painful and disabling as they grow into adulthood. This type of scoliosis is known as idiopathic**scoliosis meaning the cause of the curvature is unknown and it accounts for approximately 80% of diagnosed cases.
The Clear Scoliosis Institute concludes that this type of scoliosis seems to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. A still newer hypothesis points to a disorder in which the brain is not communicating properly with the muscles responsible for posture, balance and coordination.
When scoliosis was first identified, the medical profession did not establish that health problems or pain could result from it. Throughout the years, medical schools taught this to their doctors and many doctors still believe this today.
Recent research proves this is not true. Even mild cases of scoliosis can impact the body’s ability to exercise and perform at peak capacity.
Secondly, neck, back, hip, leg and foot pain can occur caused by spinal imbalance and overworked muscles.
Chiropractors understand that the nerves leading from the brain to the organs run through the spine, therefore spinal problems like scoliosis may cause problems for the organs. The following issues are some of the side effects of scoliosis:
- impaired lung function
- neck, back, leg pain
- trouble sleeping
- muscle tension
- difficulties with digestion and bowel function
- irregular menstrual cycles
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To know for sure if you or your child have scoliosis,
contact us for an x-ray and consultation which is the only way to accurately diagnose scoliosis.
Before You Visit:
Please download, print and complete your assessment form if possible.
Please bring in your proof of insurance if you have it at the time of your initial consultation and we will do a complimentary verification of chiropractic benefits or stop in any time at your convenience and we will do this research for you at no charge.