Scoliosis is a very complex progressive spinal disorder. There are many causes of scoliosis and many approaches which may help reduce the symptoms, potential progression or improve scoliotic deformity.
The effects of scoliosis include: poor posture, shoulder humping, muscle weakness, and pain. In rare cases scoliosis can lead to heart and lung problems.
If scoliosis is detected and treated early, patients can avoid these symptoms in many cases. If left untreated, scoliosis can sometimes require surgery. In surgical cases, the bones of the spine are sometimes fused together, and metal rods are inserted to try to straighten the spine.
If the correct approach is used early enough, bracing is an effective treatment for halting the progression of scoliosis curves and reducing the need for surgery.
If you are concerned that your teenager has curvature of their spine I recommend you make an appointment to have their spine assessed, especially if there is a family history of scoliosis.
As a chiropractor I am skilled in the identification of scoliosis and I work closely with Scolicare Australia to provide the best way forward for each case.