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SCOLIOSIS

I am a grown-up and I was just told I have Scoliosis. How could this be? I went through the same Scoliosis screenings in school that everyone went through and nothing was ever found! Also, what about my kids? Will they get Scoliosis and how do I find out earlier?

It's a hard thing to find out, as an adult, something that should have undergone correction when you were a child. Unfortunately, only the more severe cases of Scoliosis can be detected in the general screenings most kids experience. We chiropractors evaluate the spine for Scoliosis, the abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine, every day we see patients.

Though Scoliosis affects more girls than boys, every child should be checked by a chiropractor for abnormal spinal structure and mobility. It isn't a one-minute once over. This special chiropractic check-up is much more complete and thorough and small defects in structure can be discovered.

How prevalent is Scoliosis and what does it do to the body?
It is estimated that well over 50% of people suffer some degree of spinal curvature. When a spine suffers this kind of twisted curvature, a great deal of stress and abnormal function occurs in the body. The ability of the nerve system to coordinate and control all structures in the body is negatively affected. Worst of all, even the slightest Scoliosis tends to progress with time, if not corrected.

How is it treated?
Chiropractic adjustments correct the source of the curvature without the social trauma and physical discomfort wearing a brace or surgery can cause a young person. Fortunately, children generally require a shorter plan of corrective care than do most adults. With time and repetition-using gentle, natural, and specific spinal adjustments--almost everyone of any age can see improvement in Scoliosis with chiropractic care.




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