Scoliosis, well not as scary as it sounds, can cause issues in growing kids. Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. Most of the time a scoliosis will start to develop in the first 10 years of a child's life, when the most dramatic amount of growth occurs in the spine. These scoliotic changes can be subtle at first and usually become more apparent around the time puberty starts. Here are a few signs that parents can look for to stay on top of early detection for scoliosis.
It is important for parents to be aware of the signs of this condition before structural scoliotic curves develop.
Directions for parents:
Having your child shirtless or in a bra is the best way to look at the spine and to observe his/her posture from behind.
1. Does he/she hold his/her head tipped to one side?
2. Is one shoulder higher that the other?
3. Is one shoulder blade more prominent that the other?
4. With both arms hanging down to his/her sides, is there more room between his/her body and the arms on one side or the other?
5. Looking at the child's waist, does one side curve in more than the other?
6. Does one hip appear higher, or more prominent, than the other?
7. Have the child bend over at the waist (as to touch his/her toes). Does one side of the spine appear more prominent that the other? Is there a hump or bump on one side between the shoulders, or on the lower back?
If the answer is yes to one of these questions, the child is showing a sign of scoliosis. Now what? If your child presents with some of these symptoms, don't worry many things can be done to help with scoliosis. And actually in most cases a wait and see approach is common, because slight abnormal curvatures are very common in growing children, due to backpacks, computer and phone use, and the rapid growth of the spine.
If you are at all concerned about your child's spine and the chance of scoliosis bring them to your family chiropractor for a check-up.