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Adolescent Scoliosis

The month of June is scoliosis awareness month. Many people believe scoliosis is something that will only affect young kids. While it is true that the adolescent population is the most widely affected at 2-4%, many other individuals will also have their life affected by scoliosis. Infants and older adults are not immune to scoliosis.

Key features of a scoliosis

Scoliosis awareness in children. 
Adolescent posture changes.

Warning signs that a curve may be developing in a child spine include;

  • One shoulder blade more prominent
  • An uneven waistline
  • Uneven shoulders
  • A noticeable curve in the spine
  • A family history of scoliosis

Check your child spine? 

As spine health experts in Newcastle we encourage you to get to know your child’s spine so any changes can be identified. Early detection often leads to more options with treatment and better outcomes. Try ScoliScreen, it’s a free web-based screening tool for the signs of scoliosis.

Backed by independent research by Macquarie University (Australia), ScoliScreen is designed to be free for anyone to use, any time. Use it in the privacy of your own home, to regularly check growing kids and loved ones 

Have you noticed a change?

When it comes to scoliosis in children and adolescents, periods of rapid growth may represent a danger period for rapid progression of a developing spinal curve. Over the winter period, thick warm clothing can hide any signs of body asymmetry developing. A pronounced shoulder hump, pelvic tilt or general posture asymmetry is a cause to have your child’s posture and spine health assess by a professional.

If you ever have any concerns about your child’s posture don’t be embarrassed to ask. Everyday as a chiropractor in Newcastle we help educate both parents and children about what’s normal and what needs some attention. Scoliosis can be a long and scary journey, we are here to support, educate and inform you every step of the way.

David Diehm

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