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Scoliosis is the sideways curving of the spine that often starts during adolescence or childhood.  It is thought that scoliosis is the result of an adaptation to some sort of trauma, such as the birth process, or an injury, such as falling off a bicycle.  In fact, recent research has demonstrated that this curvature is most likely due to an inherent weakness of the muscles along the spinal column. The higher the curvature, the greater the chance of deformity and complications with the body's organs. 

Spinal bones (vertebrae) continue to grow well into the early 20's and if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens. Unfortunately, the most common treatment approach in the past has been a wait and see approach to see how bad the spine bends, and if it progresses too far, then resorting to unsightly braces or even eventually surgery that immobilizes the spine. 

It is very important to have your child's spine checked for proper development. Many potentially serious spinal disorders may be caught by early detection and possibly prevented with proper Chiropractic care. The following checklist may help you determine if your child is possibly suffering from Scoliosis.

  1. When your child is standing in an upright position does his/her spine appear to be straight?
  2. Have your child bend forward with arms dangling down.  Then run your hand over their spine, does it curve from side to side?
  3. Have your child stand straight, look at the child from behind, does one shoulder blade tend to protrude and appear to be higher than the other?
  4. Does your child's hips look uneven?
  5. Does your child's back appear humped or rounded?
  6. Does your child complain of pain in the back?

It is possible for spinal misalignments to cause a curvature of the spine and if it is discovered in time, there are Chiropractic methods such as specific gentle spinal adjustments combined with corrective exercises that may reduce the curvature and prevent the Scoliosis from worsening. Dr. Skaggs has had excellent success with treating Scoliosis, in children, and even as adults Chiropractic care can provide much-needed pain relief to Scoliosis suffers.

If you have any questions concerning Chiropractic care for Scoliosis, don't hesitate to call Dr. Skaggs today, at Skaggs Chiropractic, LLC. 417-624-4242. Remember Chiropractic first, Drugs second, and Surgery is always the last option.

Disclaimer:  No individual, including those currently under our active care, should use the information and/or resources contained here within to self diagnose or self treat any health related condition(s).  Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by your doctor of chiropractic or other licensed health care professional.


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