Scoliosis, a lateral or sideward curvature of the spine, plagues an estimated 4 to 5 million Americans. This spinal disorder usually appears during early teens. Approximately 10% of the adolescent population has some form of scoliosis. It is more prominent in girls, as apposed to boys by an average of 7 to 1. This disorder is not limited to adolescents but can also affect younger children and adults.
One of the most common signs of scoliosis is a prominent shoulder blade, frequently the right one. One shoulder may also appear to be higher and the child may tend to “list” to one side. The hips may be uneven, causing one hip to be higher than the other. Frequently, the first sign of scoliosis is that clothes will not fit properly. The hems of skirts or pants will appear to be uneven.
Scoliosis is often confused with poor posture but it does not disappear as the child gets older. It has been known to strike in otherwise healthy children and often runs in the same family.
Delaying the treatment of scoliosis can lead to a variety of problems for the child the rest of his or her life. After the condition has progressed substantially, the correction becomes more difficult and may necessitate more complex treatments, including surgery.
When the curvature is discovered in time, there are chiropractic methods that usually correct the curvature or prevent its increase. Even as adults, chiropractic care can provide relief to scoliosis victims. If you think you or your child may have scoliosis and you live in the Cincinnati area give me a call to set up an examination.