Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine bends to the side abnormally, either to the right or left and can be moderate to severe.

Scoliosis can affect children and adults but more commonly starts in girls from the age of 10 to 12. Early detection is important to prevent progression of the curve, so read on for what to look for if you suspect a scoliosis in your child.

When looking from behind the spine should be straight, if there is a curve to either side, a scoliosis present. A scoliosis presents as an ‘S’ or ‘C’ shaped curve instead of a straight spine. Things to look for include; uneven shoulders, low back pain, shoulder blades that stick out, uneven waistline or bad posture. Severe scoliosis cases can cause back pain, difficulty breathing and possible heart problems and may require bracing or surgery.

Scoliosis in adults is usually due to spinal curve development as a child or from more recent spinal degeneration and advanced aging.

If you do show signs of scoliosis, your chiropractor can provide a variety of techniques to help your condition, including spinal adjustments to increase movement and function, and advice on posture and exercise to help prevent further increase in the problem.

Written by Dr. Meg Gregory