Scoliosis… more than just growing pains
Between the ages of 8 and 18, during those growing years, is when scoliosis usually shows up. And, while any child can have or develop scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, it is more common in girls. The two most common causes are congenital (being born with a curvature of the spine) and habitual. Habitual, or environmental, causes vary from improperly carrying backpacks to poor posture and sitting habits, which affect the proper development of the spine. Unfortunately, the related problems, backaches, and fatigue aren’t just growing pains and can continue into adulthood.
Along with the physical symptoms of backache, leg pain, and fatigue, scoliosis has visual indicators including:
- Spinal curving abnormally to the side (laterally)
- High or uneven shoulders and/or hips
- Stooped Posture
- Tilted or off-center head
Chiropractic care helps children and adults manage scoliosis and lessen or eliminate the accompanying pain and discomfort. Plus, maintaining a healthy spine allows for an ongoing, active lifestyle for most people suffering from scoliosis.
Maybe it is not just growing pains…contact your chiropractor today.