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Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine which is characterized by lateral bending and rotation which exceeds 10°. It can cause pain and discomfort, it can lead to unattractive cosmetic appearance, and it can certainly lower the confidence level and decrease the quality of life or any individual afflicted by it. Unfortunately, the most common types of scoliosis have no known cause, but the good news is that scoliosis can be treated by effective chiropractic care.
The disease occurs in girls and boys at the same rate, although the curvature for girls tends to be more pronounced than what boys typically experience. Regardless of gender however, it’s very important to have both girls and boys screened once they reach the age of 10 or 12. The Scoliosis Research Society recommends that all females be screened between the ages of 10 and 12, and that all boys be screened between the ages of 13 and 14, so that the disease can be identified at the earliest possible juncture, and treatment can be initiated.
Screening is always the most effective way to identify the presence of scoliosis, and with earlier detection, it’s always possible to achieve better outcomes. Children who are afflicted with scoliosis and go untreated are more likely to develop an abnormal growth of the spine, and this will generally lead to lower self-esteem and considerably less satisfaction with personal appearance. It’s very important for you to bring in your adolescent boys and girls to us at Wolke Chiropractic in North Haledon, New Jersey, so they can be screened for scoliosis, and so we can take steps to treat the condition.
Signs and indicators of Scoliosis
The reason that scoliosis can go undetected so frequently is because of the particular timing at which it occurs in most youngsters. This is just the time of life for young people where they have begun to bathe and dress themselves, and are frequently wearing loose-fitting clothing. Parents begin to pay less attention to their children during these years, because they’re growing up and because they desire greater independence, and for that reason it’s very possible to miss some of the warning signs.
Some signs which can be indicators of scoliosis include asymmetrical shoulders, rib humps, a visible curvature of the spine, asymmetrical hips, or an unusually prominent shoulder blade. Parents should have no fear whatsoever about bringing the children in for a scoliosis screening, because they are 100% safe. If your child develop scoliosis and it goes undetected nontraded, it’s very possible for asymmetries to develop, as well as for your children to have pain and discomfort either standing or sitting.
They might develop muscle weakness, and in more severe cases, they might also have problems with their vital organs. By detecting scoliosis at an early stage, it’s possible to do better monitoring, to have more opportunities for worthwhile treatments, to avoid surgeries, and to enjoy better treatment results. At Wolke Chiropractic, we conduct a thorough screening of your child so that we can positively confirm or disprove the presence of scoliosis.
This will usually include a visual screening, physical assessment, postural evaluation, x-rays, MRIs, hip examination, assessment of spine tenderness, measurements of standing versus sitting height, and a check for skeletal characteristics. When you bring your child into us for scoliosis screening, you can rely on the fact that we will positively identify it if present, and that we will recommend a program of treatment which will lead to the most positive outcome possible.
At Wolke Chiropractic & Rehabilitation we have intensive scoliosis bracing, chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture for pain relief, spine correction and structural restoration. Additionally, we offer wellness plans for those looking to continue to remain healthy once their problem is corrected. Book an appointment with us today!