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What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis describes a lateral curve of the spin, including some vertebral rotation. Although most curves are small, some can be progressive and lead to spinal and postural deformities and sometimes pain in later life.

What causes Scoliosis?

There are genetic risk factors for scoliosis, but there are no confirmed causes of scoliosis development. Poor Posture, carrying backpacks, and choice of mattress have not been shown to cause or influence scoliosis.


Why should children be screened for Scoliosis?

Scoliosis often develops rapidly in preadolescence or adolescence. The condition is usually painless, so there maybe no other symptoms to indicate a developing scoliosis. Pre-teens and teens often favor loose clothing which may conceal visual indications of a scoliosis.

When should children be screened for Scoliosis?

Girls should be first checked around 10-12years old. Boys should be first checked around 11-13years old. Earlier detection and intervention has been shown to lead to better long term outcomes for the patient.

Prevention & treatment

Is there a way to prevent Scoliosis?

There is no known way to prevent a scoliosis from developing. The best known way to prevent a scoliosis from worsening are early detection and prompt treatment.

Can a Osteopaths or Chiropractors help treat scoliosis?

There has been no long-term study showing that these practitioners treatments and adjustments alone can improve a scoliosis or prevent it from progressing. There are specific scoliosis rehabilitations methods and scoliosis braces available that do have good supporting research as effective treatments. Osteopaths and Chiropractors do play a very important role in scoliosis detection, management and addressing pain and posture associated with the scoliosis.

Does exercise help prevent or improve it?

There are no general exercises or activities that have been shown to prevent or improve scoliosis curves.

Does scoliosis prevent women from becoming pregnant or having children?

No. however, it is imperative to have children checked regularly if a parent or family member has scoliosis.

For more advice on scoliosis screenings and treatment speak with your Healthwise practitioner today or arrange an appointment at Reception

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