At some time during the early school years, almost every parent is asked to give permission for his or her child to have a scoliosis exam. Normally, everyone’s spine curves slightly to the right or left and may even have vertebrae that manifest a little twisting or rotation. Scoliosis is an excessive curve or twist of the spine. Remember there are normal curves in your spine. A Scoliosis is a different curve that  can cause health problems.

In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Only ten-to-fifteen-percent of scoliosis cases can be traced to a tumor, infection, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, disc problems or birth deformity.

Scoliosis isn’t a terminal condition, and most people can lead a perfectly normal life without ever knowing they have it. In rare cases, where the scoliosis is more than thirty degrees, them may be impaired respiratory or heart function that’s thought to be neurological in origin rather than mechanical.

In my office I have found many curvatures of the spine that were undetected for years. Most mild to moderate cases respond well to the type of treatment I provide in the office. If the scoliosis is a concern, X-rays at an outside facility will be ordered.

Please  bring your child in and have him or her checked.