Our spine naturally has curves, which should align forward and backward. However, in some cases, these curves can develop sideways, leading to scoliosis. The most common type, idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, affects 80% of cases. While the exact cause is unknown (hence "idiopathic"), genetics may play a role, particularly if a sibling has it.


This condition typically emerges before puberty, with girls affected around ages 10 to 12 and boys around 11 to 13. Symptoms may include low back pain or noticeable asymmetry in the shoulders or hips, such as one shoulder blade being more prominent or a visible curvature when bending.


Early intervention is crucial. Research indicates that treating scoliosis before age 16 significantly reduces the risk of progression. Treatment often involves a combination of chiropractic care, monitoring posture habits, and implementing stabilizing exercises to strengthen the core muscles and improve breathing.


If you've noticed any signs of scoliosis or if a healthcare professional has, it's essential to bring the child in for evaluation, ideally before age 16. Dr. Madeline and the team at Forward Spine Center are dedicated to supporting you and your family's health journey. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.

Dr. Madeline Klesk

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