5 Signs that You May Have Scoliosis

Scoliosis — which is a curvature of the spine — is quite common. Each year in the United States, 3 million new cases of scoliosis are diagnosed, mostly in children ages 10-12. In this blog, the experienced providers at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora explain what scoliosis is and five signs that may indicate the condition is present.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves from side to side in an S or C shape. Although both children and adults can get scoliosis, it’s more commonly diagnosed in children, with more girls than boys tending to have more dramatic symptoms that may require treatment.

Doctors aren’t sure what causes the most common type of scoliosis, but many believe it’s due to genetics. It can also be caused by a neuromuscular condition — such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy — a birth defect, or injury.

Scoliosis is diagnosed by a physical examination and imaging. Any curvature measuring 10 degrees or greater on an X-ray is flagged as scoliosis. A baseline X-ray is a key tool for further monitoring of the condition, especially if mitigation treatments, such as braces, are prescribed to keep the curvature from worsening.

Signs of scoliosis

Not all cases of scoliosis cause pain, so it’s important to know what common symptoms to look for. Early detection and treatment can greatly help in managing scoliosis. If you notice any of the following signs in you or your child, make an appointment with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora as soon as possible.

1. Visible spinal curvature

The most classic symptom of scoliosis is a visible curve in the spine when viewed facing the back. The curvature goes from side to side and is typically described as being shaped like the letters C or S.  

2. Uneven waist

The abnormal curvature throws off the natural symmetry of the body, so children or adults that suffer from scoliosis may lean to one side. Their waistline may also appear to be uneven.

3. Body appears to lean

Another telltale sign of scoliosis is that the body leans or tilts in one direction or the other when standing.

4. Uneven hip height

Patients with scoliosis may have hips that don’t line up. The height of one hip may be higher or lower than the other. 

5. Lopsided shoulders

With a properly aligned spine, the shoulders should be aligned evenly along the tops and fronts. But with someone who has scoliosis, one shoulder may be higher than the other, and one shoulder may be in front of the other.

Treating scoliosis

Although these symptoms may make the condition sound scary, it’s important to keep in mind that scoliosis is a manageable condition, and that pain medication or surgery aren’t the only treatment options.

At Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, we take a multidisciplinary approach to managing scoliosis. Our Chiropractic Doctor is specializes in scoliosis treatment.  Depending on the severity of the condition, we may recommend corrective chiropractic care, functional exercises, or massage therapy.

If you have noticed changes in your child’s posture or your own, or if you have concerns about scoliosis, book an appointment over the phone with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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