Scoliosis most commonly manifests in young females.
This condition involves a curvature of the spine that is abnormal and often leaning from one side to the other. It generally starts out as a posture issue, but it can eventually become permanent if not prevented from advancing. If scoliosis does advance, it can cause problems with the internal organs of the body.
Primary Causes of Scoliosis
- Congenital genetic predisposition
- Habitual behavioral routines
- Idiopathic unknown cause
Early detection of scoliosis can be very helpful.
How to Detect Scoliosis
Parents might be able to detect scoliosis forming early on in its development if a child has one shoulder that’s higher than the other, or one hip that’s lower than the other. Commonly this can be detected by noticing that clothing fits improperly, even though the size is correct.
“Waiting to see what happens” Is Often a Poor Choice
Scoliosis is a progressive problem. Oftentimes minor cases can mature into severe cases, and this will usually require braces or surgery to attempt to be corrected.
The spine can benefit dramatically from a regular series of chiropractic adjustments. These treatments will allow the muscles to be strengthened and can improve posture. If you and your child would like to learn more, call our office to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it normal for the spine to curve to one side?No. Sideways curvature of the spine is never normal. The spine should always appear to be straight. If scoliosis is present, the spine will not be straight.
Does not getting enough calcium result in scoliosis?No, a lack of calcium will not result in scoliosis. However, it is believed that spinal issues that are uncorrected may lead to scoliosis and, if left unchecked, this can develop into a more severe problem.
Can a heavy backpack lead to scoliosis?Not always, but a child shouldn’t be carrying a backpack that’s heavier than ten or fifteen percent of their weight anyway. This may not cause scoliosis, but it can lead to other back problems. Ensure that their backpack isn’t too heavy and provides adequate weight distribution.