Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. Beginning as a postural malformation, scoliosis could lead to permanent disfigurement, and if allowed to progress it can impede the heart, lungs, and other vital organs.
Scoliosis is most common in girls ages 8-18. Parents may notice clothes fitting improperly, or that pant legs are longer on one side than the other. One hip or shoulder might be higher than the other, and the head could appear off center. If the scoliosis has advanced, it might impair the heart and lungs causing chest pain and shortness of breath.
One option is letting scoliosis overtake the spine, which could lead to wearing unattractive braces or undergoing surgery that implants steel rods in the back forcing the spine to straighten. Fortunately, there is another option. Chiropractic care is not only more convenient than surgery and braces, it is a natural solution that restores function to the spine.
Our clinic is experienced in helping people of all ages suffering from scoliosis. Talk with us about your concerns, let us answer your questions and establish a care plan to help you or your child stand up to scoliosis.
Q. Is scoliosis caused by low calcium levels?
A: Not at all. On the other hand, there are many people who think babies who prematurely leave the crawling stage with the aid of baby walkers damage their delicate spine during a time that is vital for healthy spinal development.
Q. Isn't slight sideways curvature normal?
A: No. All sideways curvature is abnormal and needs to be treated. From the back, the spine should appear aligned. With patients suffering from scoliosis, the back is curved in two ways. A primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.
Q. Do backpacks contribute to scoliosis?
A: Not directly, although this is a constant source of attention and anxiety. Using both the shoulder straps ensures the weight is evenly distributed and not causing undue stress on one side of the body. Also, backpacks should not exceed 10%-15% of total body weight.