Scoliosis is a sideways curving of the spine that often starts in childhood.
- Scoliosis is detected by uneven shoulder heights, a loss of structural balance, or a change in posture.
- Scoliosis is more often seen in girls.
It is thought that scoliosis is the result of a hereditary problem or an adaptation to some type of trauma, such as the birth process or an injury like falling off a bicycle. It usually starts with problems in the lower back.
Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens.
Unfortunately, the most common treatment approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets, resorting to unsightly braces or eventually surgery.
The chiropractic approach is to use specific spinal adjustments, often combined with coercive exercises. If detected early enough, chiropractic doctors have excellent success with scoliosis cases.