How to Check your Child for Scoliosis

Scoliosis

X-Ray of Scoliosis

Dr. Joe Papia

Chiropractor in Tampa Fl 33602

Scoliosis is when a person’s spine is curved

On an x-ray, viewed from the rear, the spine of an individual with a typical scoliosis may look more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line.

It is typically caused by vertebral anomalies present at birth, or having developed as a secondary symptom of another condition, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy or physical trauma.

Scoliosis affects approximately 7 million people in the United States

The signs of scoliosis can include:

  • Head Tilt
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
  • A rib prominence and/or a prominent shoulder blade, caused by rotation of the ribcage in thoracic scoliosis
  • Uneven hips / leg lengths
  • Asymmetric size or location of breast in females
  • Slow nerve action (in some cases)

In the case of the most common form of scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, there is no clear cause and it is generally believed to be multifactorial. Genetic factors in the development of this condition is widely accepted.

Scoliosis is more often diagnosed in females

In some cases, scoliosis exists at birth due to a congenital vertebral anomaly. Occasionally, development of scoliosis during adolescence is due to an underlying anomaly such as a tethered spinal cord, but most often the cause is unknown, having been inherited through multiple factors.

Scoliosis often presents itself, or worsens, during the adolescence growth spurt.

Dr. Joe Papia Chiropractor in the Tampa Fl 33602 area demonstrates

How to Check your Child for Scoliosis

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