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Does your child have scoliosis?

Does your Child Have scoliosis?

Does your child have scoliosis?
Scoliosis is the excessive curve or twist of the spine, being most common in adolescents. In fact, approximately 2-3% of adolescents suffer from scoliosis, and it is generally more common in females than males. Given scoliosis can progress into your child’s early 20s, it’s important to recognise the symptoms and take action!

There are many causes of scoliosis in children. It can be the result of:

  • Structural problems, including differences in leg lengths, rotation of the pelvis, or fusion of the vertebrae
  • Poor posture or incorrect sleeping habits
  • Carrying heavy, unevenly packed schoolbags can cause long-term back pain an worsen scoliosis symptoms

Most people who have scoliosis are unaware of it, as it is almost always painless. In severe cases, the spine can rotate, resulting in prominent ribs on one side of the body, and narrowed spaces between ribs on the other. Severe scoliosis can cause ongoing back pain, arthritic degeneration of the spine, and difficulty breathing. Some common symptoms include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven hips or waist
  • Lower back pain
  • Prominent shoulder blades
  • Tiredness when standing or sitting

Is your child experiencing these symptoms? Simple, painless, and quick spinal screenings can identify early stages of scoliosis in children! Your chiropractor can provide a variety of treatment to assist your child’s condition, such as spinal adjustments to increase movement, and advice on posture and exercise to prevent the issue from worsening!

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