How to Test Your Child For Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a hereditary, spinal deformity that happens in the curvature of the spine. It is caused by the bending of the vertebrae, deformities of the rib cage, or posture changes. Scoliosis is most likely to appear in girls, and usually during the early teenage years. The scoliosis curve can look different on each person. Scoliosis can take the shape of an “S” on some backs, while looking more like a “C” on others. The difference between the two shapes, “S” and “C”, is whether or not they encompass the whole back, or just the upper or lower back. Serious cases of scoliosis can lead to hunched backs, and/or respiratory problems. However, if scoliosis is detected early, deformity can be prevented. Check the list below to check for early signs of scoliosis.

Someone who has scoliosis might possess the following symptoms.

  • Does he/she hold their head tipped to one side?
  • Do they have one shoulder blade more prominent than the other?
  • Does he/she have one shoulder higher than they other?
  • Is their waist on one-side curving more then they other?
  • Is one hip higher or more prominent then the other?
  • Do their hips waddle like a duck when walking in a straight line?
  • When bending over, does one side of the spine appear more prominent?
  • When bending over, is there a hump on one side between the shoulders, or on the lower back?

If your child has any of the following symptoms, he/she may be showing early signs of scoliosis and should be checked immediately by your local chiropractor.

Please feel free to contact us if you or your child have any questions about scoliosis.

Written by Dr. Kirk Pusey, Posted in Blog

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Dr. Kirk Pusey

Dr. Kirk Pusey

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Kirk Pusey is the director of Towne Lake Family Chiropractic. He graduated with high honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in 1982, graduating Summa Cum Laude as class Valedictorian. He was the first chiropractor in Towne Lake. He keeps constantly aware of the latest trends in chiropractic by attending numerous seminars and lectures.