Scoliosis, is a curvature of the spine that may get worse over time but can be corrected if caught early in life. As a chiropractic office we tend to concentrate on scoliosis with kids but if you have it as a child you are going to have it as an adult. It seems to be one of those things that people think they may have but are not really sure and they don’t know if they should be concerned.
So, why do we check children for scoliosis? Like dentists and optometrists, we check for issues regarding degeneration. The earlier problems are caught the easier, quicker and cheaper it is to fix. Before children go to school they get their eyes and teeth checked and they should also get their spine checked. The spine gets overlooked by most people until later in life when back or neck pain get more consistent when it could have been prevented.
People generally will not notice they have a scoliosis until much later, which is the most frustrating part for chiropractors. The condition can be reversed at a young age, usually before the age of 12. If a person is lucky it gets noticed when they are 13-15 years old and symptoms such as back pain or headaches usually prompts the parents to take action. The problem is we all know that symptoms are late to appear at the party so when you have a symptom related to your spine and the problem has already been there way too long, you will have degeneration.
About 90 percent of scoliosis are deemed to be idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. However, there is a cause to everything thanks to science class. When a child exits through the birth canal a lot of things have to shift in order for the baby to be able to move through the canal, including the pelvis. It is not uncommon for a newborn to have a pelvis out of alignment. Think of the pelvis as the foundation of your house. If it is not straight and level everything built on top of it will be crooked and there will be compensations. The eyes want to be parallel to the floor. So, imagine having a pelvis leaning down to the right, the spine curves to the left in the low back to compensate, then the spine curves to the right in the mid back to make up for the other compensation and there may be a third curve in the neck to compensate again and BOOM you have a typical “S” shape scoliosis.
This is why we check babies and take preventative measures with their health so as teenagers or adults they are not suffering from early degeneration, headaches or back pain.
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