What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine that often starts during childhood, when the bones of the spine are still growing.  In many cases, the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown.  Scoliosis can be detected by uneven shoulder heights, a loss of structural balance, or a change in global body posture.  Scoliosis is more often seen in girls.

It is thought that scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury, such as falling off a bicycle.  It usually starts with problems of the lower back.  Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens.  Unfortunately, the most common medical approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets, resorting to unsightly braces, or eventually surgery, if it progresses too far.

What is Scoliosis?

The chiropractic approach to treating scoliosis is to use specific spinal adjustments based on radiographs, often combined with corrective exercises.  If detected early enough, Doctors of Chiropractic have had excellent success with scoliosis cases.

Early detection and chiropractic correction is important for optimum results.  Do you know someone who could benefit from a chiropractic examination?