Scoliosis affects boys and predominantly girls between the ages 8 and 18. Some children are born with the condition (congenital) whilst others develop it (habitual). It is a condition that revels itself first as abnormal posture, than deformity. If left to advance it can interfere with the normal functioning of the heart, lungs and vital organs. It causes both emotional and physical pain. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, usually 2 curves; a primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the other direction.
You may first be alerted to the condition by noting a high shoulder or low hip and clothing may fit poorly. Complaints may include leg and back pain, (which can be overlooked as growing pains with children). Neglect is the biggest danger!
Scoliosis in the most severe state may require surgical treatment. The procedure involves attaching a steel rod to the spine to force it to straighten.
A chiropractic examination firstly, identifies the problem at an early stage and enables corrective action to begin immediately to improve the structure and function of the spine. Muscles in the back get stronger facilitating better movement of the vertebrae. Improving your posture is beneficial in the management of the condition.
A chiropractic checkup is one option that should be considered in the case of scoliosis.