Scoliosis is an abnormal, progressive, sideways curve of the spine. It
can occur in children, adolescents, and adults.
In children and adolescents, it is particularly important to assess and monitor the spine as the growth phases they experience can mean rapid progression. Most importantly, early intervention and monitoring may prevent the need for more dramatic options such as fusion surgery.
Routine spinal screening for scoliosis is no longer conducted in schools. Chiropractors are well trained to assess your child’s spine for scoliosis and make recommendations for future management and intervention.
For adults with scoliosis, spinal degeneration with age can cause a progression of spinal curves.
When checking the spine for scoliosis things to look for include: