Scoliosis Symptoms & Diagnosis

In this article: Types of Scoliosis | Traditional Treatment | Identifying Scoliosis | A Noninvasive Alternative

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Scoliosis Symptoms and Diagnosis

Scoliosis is a condition involving a sideways curvature of the spine that can lead to life-long effects if not addressed early. Fortunately, chiropractic is a safe, natural approach to healing scoliosis symptoms that may be able to help your child.

Let’s first take a look at the different types of scoliosis and symptoms to look for.

Types of Scoliosis

There are three main types of scoliosis, including:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis
  • Congenital scoliosis
  • Adult scoliosis

Idiopathic scoliosis—that is, scoliosis with no identifiable cause—is by far the most common, typically appearing in children and young teens and affecting many more girls than boys. Congenital scoliosis results from a vertebral malformation in utero and may be accompanied by other defects affecting the heart or kidneys. Adult scoliosis is generally related to osteoarthritis or other degenerative conditions of the spine or discs.

Traditional Treatment

The conventional medical approaches to scoliosis are scoliosis braces or scoliosis surgery. Bracing doesn’t correct the curvature; it merely seeks to stop or slow the progression. Braces are typically worn up to 23 hours a day and can look bulky under clothing, making children self-conscious. Surgery involves inserting two metal rods into the body and attaching them to the spine with screws and hooks to force the spine into a straight posture and fuse it there.

It’s a complicated surgery with risks of serious complications and an extensive recovery period.

Identifying Scoliosis

Spotting scoliosis symptoms early is an essential step in halting the progression of the curvature. But noticing the sometimes subtle signs of scoliosis in your child can be difficult. Here are some things to look for:

  • Head doesn’t appear to be centered vertically above the pelvis
  • One hip appears higher or more prominent than the other
  • One shoulder appears higher or more prominent than the other
  • Waist is not horizontal
  • Body leans to one side
  • Ribs appear bulging or pronounced on one side

Given the fact that kids tend to slouch and may have poor postural habits, it may be easier to look for the effects of these symptoms, which include one sleeve or pant leg that hangs longer than the other, clothing that bunches on one side of the body or uneven wearing of the soles of the shoes.

Back or leg pain may or may not be present. Although such pain is typically regarded as “growing pains” and may not indicate scoliosis, back pain is not normal and should not be ignored. Find out how a natural approach can help with scoliosis symptoms, including back and leg pain.

A Noninvasive Alternative

Chiropractic is not uncomfortable or inconvenient like braces, nor is it dangerous and arduous like surgery.

To find out if chiropractic can help, contact a chiropractor today; there’s likely to be one convenient to your home or office. At your consultation, your chiropractor will ask you and your child quite a few question and take the time to listen to the answers.

If chiropractic is suitable for your child, the doctor will perform an extensive examination to get a clearer picture of your child’s scoliosis symptoms. All findings will be explained. Then your child will receive gentle chiropractic adjustments to any areas of misalignment.

By working with these misalignments, your child’s appropriate muscle groups can strengthen, which can help restore more normal posture. Naturally, results vary, and no guarantees can be made, but chiropractic has had excellent results with scoliosis—and there are no side effects and no downtime!

Helping the Body Heal Naturally

Chiropractic enjoys a high success rate and a worldwide reputation as the most sought-after form of natural care. With advanced education and extensive training, chiropractors are caring health care professionals who work with the body’s natural healing abilities to restore proper nerve function and promote real health.

Chiropractors must meet licensing regulations in every state in which they practice, and chiropractic is a legitimate covered option under many health insurance plans.

Find out why so many others recommend chiropractic to their friends and loved ones. Act today to help alleviate your child’s scoliosis symptoms—all it takes is a phone call to a practice in our convenient directory.

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