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Posted on 06-10-2015

Understanding Scoliosis

Scoliosis and curvatures of the spine are more common in society than we think, ranging from slight distortional curves to severe deformities. Scoliosis is defined as a pronounced curve and may cause spinal health and postural issues. Curves are often in a C or S shape.

There are different types of Scoliosis:

  • Idiopathic Scoliosis (meaning unkown cause) broken down into 3 categories based on age:
    -Infantile Scoliosis develops before 2 years of age and is quite rare in Australia.
    -Juvenile Scoliosis develops aged 2-10 years and is also quite rare.
    -Adolescent Scoliosis develops and appears in early adolescence older than 10 years, approximately 90% of which are females.
  • Congenital Scoliosis develops due to an abnormality from birth.
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis where a wide variety of diseases of the Nervous System and muscles result in adaptive curvature such as MS or muscular dystrophy.
    -Paralytic Scoliosis, a term applied when there is loss of spinal cord function such as para/quadriplegia.


Treatment, management and curve reduction is different in all cases, but the earlier the diagnosis and earlier the intervention the better the outcome and essentially a better quality of life will prevail. Common procedures include Physiotherapy, exercise programs, casting, bracing and surgery.  Alternatively a program of Chiropractic care through gentle spinal manipulations can offer an effective non invasive treatment option before resorting to high risk surgery. Again, the earlier this treatment commences the more effective it will be.

If you have any doubts or concerns about your child developing Scoliosis, get them checked at the earliest opportunity by a Chiropractor who can recommend a management plan that is suited to the individual.  Call 07 5534 5005 today and speak to Palm Beach Chiropractic about your options. 

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