Scoliosis is a disorder in which there is a sideways curve of the spine, or backbone. Curves are often S-shaped or C-shaped. In most people, there is no known cause for this curve. This is known as idiopathic scoliosis.
People of all ages can have scoliosis. The most common type is idiopathic scoliosis in children age 10 to 12 and in their early teens. This is the time when children are growing fast. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis.
Scoliosis can run in families. A child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should have regular checkups by the family doctor.
People with milder curves may only need to visit their doctor for periodic exams. Some people who have scoliosis need treatment.
You have heard of kids getting checked by nurses at school, but what can they actually do? Most go undetected unless a severe abnormality of the spine, shoulders, hips or rib cage can be easily seen. Then what... braces, supports...surgery!
Get your little ones checked and adjusted early in life because that fall on the hip or tailbone can manifest into a major spinal imbalance. Even young mothers can acquire a curvature of the spine when they hold their infants on one hip. So get checked and adjusted before a further problem develops and becomes a chronic condition!