scoliosis, children, kids, Bent SpineSo, your child was just diagnosed with Scoliosis, and you want to know more about what it is. Well we put together some facts about it that you will want to know, as well as how you can care for it.

Scoliosis Facts

  1. It’s the sideways curvature of the spine
  2. It mostly occurs during prepubescent growth spurts
  3. It can result from Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy
  4. Most often, no one is sure what the cause is
  5. Severe cases can be disabling
  6. It can lead to respiratory problems

Cause of Scoliosis

Well, medical doctors struggle to define what causes the most common type of Scoliosis, Idiopathic Scoliosis. It occurs from the ages of 10 to 16, during growth spurts, and usually does not continue into adulthood. But there are three other types.

Types of Scoliosis

  • Congenital – This is caused by an abnormality of the bones during birth
  • Neuromuscular – This is caused by abnormal muscles or nerves. It is common in people with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or other conditions that result in or are accompanied by paralysis
  • Degenerative – This is possibly the result of bone collapse, back surgery, or Osteoporosis

Correcting Scoliosis

Now, chances are you were given the options of having your child wear a brace or have back surgery. A brace may be suggested for adolescents who have a curvature of 25º to 40º. This is a possible option for adolescents with two or more years of growing, and its purpose is to halt the progression of the curvature of the bones during growth. Though, once the brace is removed, curvature will continue.

Another option is back surgery, which is an option for those with a curvature of 40º to 50º, and is meant to permanently fuse the vertebrae (spinal fusion) by using metallic implants to partially correct the curvature until a bone makes a more permanent fusion in the area of the curvature. The problem with this is that when two vertebrae are artificially fused together a child is no longer able to grow in those areas.

Though, doesn’t it just seem that using foreign objects to try to correct the problem, especially when they only partially correct the problem and lead to other complications, is not the wisest solution?

There is a third, more effective option, that you should consider. Upper Cervical Chiropractic focuses on correcting any misalignments in the top two vertebrae in the spine, which are the upper neck vertebrae. Scoliosis can occur when these two vertebrae are not aligned due to injuries at birth or early on in life.

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Dr. Tymothy Flory, Dr. James Weiss and Dr. Jameson Wong of Atlas Spinal Care in Upland, California are Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora and surrounding areas. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems.

This misalignment in the upper neck leads to an imbalance of the weight of the head which can cause the spine to collapse on itself during growth. Correcting any misalignments in the upper neck vertebrae means the head can rest comfortably on the top two vertebrae without causing any undue stress on the spine. Restoring proper alignment of the head and neck is crucial in the reduction of scoliosis.