You notice that your child’s one shoulder or one hip is higher than the other, or maybe she walks with her head tilted. Can this be a sign of scoliosis?childscoliosis

Scoliosis can be difficult to detect and the child rarely complains of any pain. It usually occurs during periods of growth spurts between the ages of 10 and 15 and girls are more often affected than boys.

The easiest way to detect scoliosis is by using the forward bend test. The child bends forward from the waist, with arms dangling. Scoliosis appears as an abnormal or exaggerated “S” or “C” curve in the spine, which is measured in terms of degrees of curvature. Spinal curves that are less than 10 degrees are common. Scoliosis is diagnosed when the spinal curve is greater than 10 degrees.

Chiropractic offers great potential in managing and ongoing monitoring of scoliosis, particularly in the early stages.

If you or anyone you know has a concern about scoliosis in a child, please call Dr. Stuckey at 410-821-7200 to discuss how chiropractic care can benefit this condition.