If you have an adolescent in your house, you probably know that they are going to be monitored for something called scoliosis. Scoliosis is one of those disorders that almost everyone has heard of, but may not understand the full extent of what it entails. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine and it often presents itself during the growth spurt that occurs right before puberty. While many people have at least a small curve, it can be severe enough to require correction. When this occurs, it is normally painful and can be life-disrupting.
Scoliosis is often monitored through methods such as x-ray and other tests to see how much the curve is affecting the rest of the body. The bend in the spine can cause other health issues such as lung disorders. Severe scoliosis can cause the chest to become misshapen and may see heart or lung issues as a result. If the rib cage is no longer able to protect these organs as it should, it may directly impact the person's ability to breathe or even pump blood. It can also cause back problems, even if it is only a mild case. Adults who were diagnosed with scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain than the rest of the population.
With more severe cases of scoliosis, some people may require a brace to correct their curve. As with anything that isn't growing correctly, a spine can only benefit from a guide. With extreme cases, surgery may be required to either correct the curve or prevent it from becoming more severe. The extent of the problem can only be assessed by a professional, but if you notice something strange it is always important to get a second opinion as soon as possible.
If you think that your child may have scoliosis, it is important that you bring them in to DiBella Chiropractic. Even a simple adjustment helps to keep their growth steady. This is just one of the reasons that it is important to bring in kids of all ages so that they can benefit from our treatments. Give us a call to set up an appointment for the whole family today, and see what a difference it can make!