Scoliosis Treatment


Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways bending of the spine, often without a known cause (idiopathic), affecting various spinal regions, commonly the chest (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). While 80% of cases have no identified cause, some children may need treatment like back braces, and a few may require surgery if left untreated, leading to potential serious damage to the spine, chest, pelvis, heart, and lungs. 

Signs and symptoms in children include uneven shoulders, an off-centered head above the pelvis, asymmetrical ribcage, higher and prominent shoulder blade, noticeable hip prominence, clothing hanging unevenly, leaning to one side, and uneven leg lengths. In babies, a chest bulge, consistent curved lying, and potential respiratory issues may be observed. 

Risk factors involve age, typically emerging before puberty during a growth spurt, higher prevalence in females, and a genetic connection, as those with scoliosis often have close relatives with the condition. 

Chiropractors can play a crucial role in scoliosis management by identifying, analyzing, and treating spinal issues. Treatments may include vertebral adjustments, trigger point therapy, postural advice, and exercises to enhance spinal mobility and prevent degeneration.