“Scoliosis can easily be screened for and children can start getting screened as early six years old,” says Dr. Angela Vecellio, a licensed chiropractor and owner of the practice Palm Beach Medical. “After that, children should continue to be screened once a year.”
What Causes It?
“Some scoliosis is caused by genetic anomalies in the spine, which could include a fused vertebra on one side, a vertebra that has a malformed shape, a spina bifida or cerebral palsy,” Dr. Vecellio says. “Also, some scoliosis can be caused by trauma, which can include fractures and malignancies.”
Can It Be Treated?
“Scoliosis under 20 degrees is considered mild. Most scoliosis cases are mild and can be corrected easily with gentle chiropractic adjustments and stretches,” Dr. Vecellio says. “Some moderate scoliosis can have a combined treatment with chiropractic, stretches and a brace. Some scoliosis can be severe and becomes worse throughout life. In some cases, if the scoliosis is too severe, then it will start to put pressure on organs held in the body and surgery may be required.”
Remember, the best way to ensure you or your child’s spinal health is by getting screened yearly. “Most chiropractors offer a free screening for scoliosis,” Dr. Vecellio says. “The next step is X-rays where the angle of the curve can be measured. Once a child receives treatment, then an x-ray should be performed every year to measure changes and progress. X-rays are usually covered under insurance under wellness care.”
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