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Scoliosis

Teenage girls

Scoliosis more commonly affects girls between the ages of 8 to 18, however boys can have abnormal spinal curvatures, too.

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.

Three Causes

  1. Congenital genetic predisposition
  2. Habitual behavioral routines
  3. Idiopathic unknown cause

Regardless of cause, early detection can be helpful.

Obvious Clues

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.”

Wait and See?

Scales used for spinal health test

Click to take this simple at-home test that can reveal hidden spinal problems.

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. If non-severe cases go undiagnosed, children grow to be adults with abnormal spinal curves that can be sources of pain and dysfunction later in life.

Natural Approach

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. Children and adults alike can benefit from chiropractic care to help manage scoliosis.

Scoliosis and Chiropractic

Call our office to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your concerns and explore the possibilities.


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.