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This is usually easily detected early on in a person’s life, normally around the time of grade school. Sadly enough, the people that the schools have doing scoliosis screenings are not chiropractors. We are trained how to detect and locate spinal abnormalities and most importantly, how to help correct them.
Scoliosis is often underestimated; it is a very serious condition and without proper help can lead to great pain, worsening of the curve, and very painful and expensive surgeries. Once the spine reaches a degree more than 30, doctors and surgeons jump on fusing the spine together to prevent anymore curve. This surgery will make moving around for the patient close to impossible, even bending down will become quite a task. Truth be told, this can all be prevented with a visit to a chiropractor and routine chiropractic adjustments. The success that chiropractors have with scoliosis is incredible. Many patients feel a lot better, begin to have more mobility, and in some cases the curve in the spine has aligned.
Has Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with Scoliosis?
Scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, usually appears during the growth spurt that takes place just before a child enters puberty; in most cases, its cause is unknown. Scoliosis often manifests as a mild condition that develops slowly, and it can remain painless. However, some cases become progressively more severe and can even become debilitating.
Signs of Scoliosis
There are a few telltale physical signs of scoliosis, which can include:
- Uneven Shoulders
- One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
- Uneven Waist
- One hip that is higher than the other
Although these symptoms can develop at an almost imperceptible rate, a medical examination is warranted if you do notice any of these signs – or have any of them brought to your attention.
Most children with scoliosis have mild cases and will never need invasive treatment or surgery. If your child does have scoliosis, however, it is very important that you maintain a routine of regular medical checkups in order to monitor for any increase in curvature. In fact, observation is one of the most critical components of scoliosis care. If you or your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis that has been deemed mild to moderate, as most cases are, you should incorporate a medical regime of regularly monitoring the spine’s curvature and seek treatment for any accompanying discomfort.