Scoliosis is a condition of the spine involving curvature in an S- or C-shape. Scoliosis usually starts in adolescence, and if left untreated it can become very painful later in life.
People with scoliosis commonly see a spine specialist because they notice a problem with their dexterity and posture. If you have scoliosis, you may notice that one shoulder or hip may be higher than the other, one shoulder blade may be higher and stick out farther than the other (called “scapular winging”), and that these deformities are more noticeable when bending over. A “rib hump” – a hump on your back that sticks up when you bend forward – may occur. This occurs because the ribs on one side angle more than on the other and one arm hangs longer than the other due to a tilt in the upper body.
There are simple orthopedic tests we can perform along with x-rays to check your child’s spine for any indications of scoliosis. When detected early, we can re-align the curves of the spine to a healthy and normal position with spinal adjustments and traction. We have helped many children and adults with scoliosis to live a better, “straighter” life.