The month of June is scoliosis awareness month. Many people believe scoliosis is something that…
Scoliosis Care in Newcastle
Scoliosis is a progressive, sideways curvature of the spine.
More prevalent in girls.
Risk increases rapidly from 11-14 years.
Dancers are 12.4 times more likely to develop scoliosis.
Scoliosis is often first seen in children between the ages of 10 and 15, this is classified as “adolescent idiopathic scoliosis” and is the most common type of scoliosis. Scoliosis may affect both children and adults, however it is often a more serious condition in children because it may progress rapidly as the child grows. It can occur in children aged 3 to 10 ( juvenile scoliosis) and in babies (infantile scoliosis) but the incidence is quite low.
As an experienced Newcastle chiropractor, I find the word scoliosis is used frequently but poorly understood among parents. The cause of scoliosis is not completely understood, however current research is suggesting a strong genetic link. The impact scoliosis may have on a child include: poor posture, muscle weakness, musculoskeletal pain, shoulder humping, rib humping and low self-esteem.
A parent might also notice clothes that fit awkwardly, a shirt or blouse appears uneven or particularly over the summer months a sideways curve may become noticeable while in swimmers. Newly discovered asymmetries that appear minor should be checked by a practitioner that specialises in the spine. It can be difficult for an un-trained eye to detect the difference between posture issues and a developing scoliosis. If you have been diagnosed with a scoliosis its also vitally important to understand the difference between a structural and functional scoliosis.
A diagnosis of scoliosis will require a number of different examination methods as well as spine imaging. The best treatment path depends on a number of variables, such as; age, angle of curves, skeletal maturity and the individuals personal aspirations (ie sport, career). Each scoliosis case is different and requires a very personalised approach. Early detection will provide the best chance at more conservative options such as bracing, late detection of a severe curve may reduce your options to surgery.
The best outcomes for children with scoliosis are often observed when early detection and innervation are carried out by experienced practitioners. If you have noticed changes with your child’s spine or posture please have them assessed. As a chiropractor in Newcastle who has a strong interest in adolescent scoliosis, I have built a team of specialists around me to ensure we can offer the best treatment options and advice.