Congenital Scoliosis

In this article: Scoliosis In Infants | How Chiropractic Can Help | A Gentle, Natural Approach

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Congenital Scoliosis

We know you want the best for your child, which is why you deserve to understand all of your options when it comes to making the best decisions surrounding your child’s congenital scoliosis.

Focused and gentle chiropractic care has helped thousands of children affected with congenital scoliosis live happy, healthy lives without the need for surgery.

Scoliosis In Infants

Scoliosis can be a debilitating, even crippling condition. Most often caused by the loss of the normal physiologic curves, the body seeks to alleviate the resulting stress on the spinal cord by developing abnormal sideways curves.

Congenital scoliosis, however, is much more rare than scoliosis that begins around puberty—happening in just 1 in every 10,000 births. A child with this condition begins to develop it while still in the womb, resulting in an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shaped curve at birth.

Curves in infants at birth resulting in congenital scoliosis are typically rigid, though most will resolve naturally before the age of three.

Congenital scoliosis happens as a result of two causes:

  • Bones in the vertebral column fail to separate, causing them to fuse together.
  • Failure of formation—when one or more vertebrae do not grow to completion during development, it results in an unstable spine.

Scoliosis in newborns is typically found during a physical exam of the newborn after birth or by the parents. Because other abnormalities typically accompany congenital scoliosis, it’s important for a thorough examination to take place, including a neurological exam as well as an inspection of the heart and kidneys.

The best thing you can do? Seek care for your child as quickly as possible.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Around the world, millions of parents choose chiropractic care for their children. Not only can chiropractic address a variety of childhood ailments, but its designed to give your child the best head start in life.

The birthing process can cause a great deal of trauma on your child’s head, neck and spine. When a chiropractor is able to identify and correct a subluxation (a crooked bone at the base of the neck), your child’s body is able to function optimally. And because the body was designed to be self-healing, it can get to work regulating and healing itself—the same is true when chiropractic adjustments address childhood scoliosis.

Remember, it’s far easier to correct a spinal problem when your child is young. As the saying goes, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”

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A Gentle, Natural Approach

Some parents assume that a chiropractic adjustment is suitable for a child—after all, there’s going to be some loud popping sound, right? Wrong.

Your chiropractor will have special training and certification to perform adjustments on infants and children. Adjustments are so gentle and specific that the child will typically have no idea they’re being adjusted—especially when they’re a newborn.

The amount of manual force required to adjust an infant’s spine is usually no more than what you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato—your chiropractor can gladly show you what it feels like if you ask.

In addition to helping manage your child’s scoliosis, chiropractic has other benefits for children. Many parents report improved sleep, heightened immunity, improved digestion, and overall better health and happiness.

Discover Chiropractic Care for Your Child

If your child has infantile scoliosis, reach out to a chiropractor near you to learn more about how they may be able to help. Your baby deserves the best life possible—give them that gift naturally!

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