Chiropractors have been shown to provide patients relief from the issues associated with scoliosis. Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine when viewed from the back. 85-90% of all scoliosis is referred to as idiopathic scoliosis, or scoliosis of undetermined cause. In 10-15% of the cases the cause of scoliosis is a tumor, infection, a neuromuscular disease such as cerebral palsy, or a birth deformity.
There are many theories as to how idiopathic scoliosis develops. It is interesting to note that scoliosis is more common in thin and active children engaged in sports. The growth of the spine is more rapid during the ages when most kids begin sports, ages 4-6. Most often, scoliosis begins at this age and when left undetected worsens during adolescent years. This knowledge makes many doctors wonder if an injury to the spine left undetected and untreated has contributed to the progression of the scoliosis.
Chiropractors routinely check children’s spines to ensure that they are healthy and have no undetected injuries that may result in health issues in the future. Scoliosis screenings are an integral part of that check-up. The information gathered at an initial check-up can also be very useful as comparison in the future if new symptoms or conditions arise for the child.
Misaligned or “stuck” vertebrae that may lead to a spinal curvature can be caused by any excess stress to the spine such as being checked in a hockey game, falling off a bike, carrying a heavy knapsack on one shoulder for long periods or even excess pulling during the birth process.
Regular visits to your chiropractor in order to monitor the progression of scoliosis are an integral part of living a high quality of life. Chiropractic has been shown to help scoliosis patients alleviate pain and restore normal function. Evidence increasingly tells us that all children should have their spines checked and that every scoliosis sufferer should be under chiropractic care.
Read Dr. Shulman’s chiropractic story for her personal scoliosis experience.