Everyone has curves in their spines, but scoliosis causes the spine to curve sideways, which is different from the spine’s normal curves. Although it can occur in adults, scoliosis most commonly develops in adolescents between the ages of 10-12 just before puberty.
Scoliosis usually begins as a persistent postural distortion that progresses over time into a permanent deformity. Scoliosis can become serious if left untreated. Severe sideways deviations of the spine can compromise lung and heart function as well as other internal organs. Common signs associated with scoliosis include a high shoulder, protruding shoulder blade, uneven pelvis and rib protrusion.
How can we help? Scoliosis almost always comes with muscle contracture and boney misalignment that can make the curvature worse. By implementing specific exercises to stretch, strengthen and retrain muscles we can improve posture and monitor the progression of scoliosis. Chiropractic adjustments are also used to restore motion and decrease muscle tension in areas affected by the scoliosis. If you have questions about scoliosis and would like to speak with a professional, call us today.