For a teen, what is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spin that curves from side to side like an “S” or “C”. Doctors should be checking for scoliosis with specific screening during your yearly physical exam. Approximately 2-3% of teens are diagnosed with scoliosis and girls are most affected. Braces and surgery are treatments for extreme curvatures that are quite advanced and can possibly cause life threatening issues. The good news is that being diagnosed as a teen will enable you to seek less invasive medical help. One option is to seek out a chiropractor that specializes in teen scoliosis. Obtain a referral from your family doctor or local hospital or contact chiropractors in your area and inquire about their experience treating teen scoliosis. A chiropractor will weekly and monthly adjust your spine while your bones are still soft enough to manipulate. Depending on your age, treatment may last for a few years but the result will be a significant decrease in the curvature and eliminates any further issues as you grow without harsh and unnecessary treatments.

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