What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a neuro-muscular condition, of which the most common symptom is a three-dimensional change in the spine’s alignment. Its cause is complex and based on many factors, but the main symptom is easy to spot: a spinal curve.

Scoliosis occurs most often in children aged 10-14. The condition is progressive in most cases and can lead to significant back pain and arthritis in the spine. It’s important to check for scoliosis in your child early and often, as catching it in its earliest stages can be the key to fully managing symptoms. If left untreated, this disease can cause many problems later in life. It can cause breathing problems by obstructing the lungs’ capacity. It can also cause leg pain due to the change in leg length and gate. At its severest point, the advanced curve of the spine can interfere with the heart, causing cardiovascular problems.

Checking Your Kids

Checking your child’s spine for scoliosis can be done at home or in our office. If you’re checking at home, do the following:

  1. Have your child bend over at the waist. Stand behind them and check the curve of the spine… it should have a smooth curve. Take a look at the ribcage as they bend forward and notice if its bulging more on one side than the other.
  2. Next, look at your child’s back while they are standing. Check for any of the following:
  • Is one shoulder higher than the other? They should be level.
  • Is one hip higher than the other? They should be level.
  • Does the spine look straight or curved sideways? Curving sideways is a problem.

Think your child may show signs of scoliosis? We’d love to help. Stay tuned for another post about how Chiropractic care can improve scoliosis and, in the meantime, make an appointment with us!