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Scoliosis is a side to side curvature of the spine which is most often first noted in childhood. When viewed from behind, the spine should be straight. The curvature develops slowly, usually during the growth years from age 12 to 16. In severe cases, the spinal curvature may be disfiguring and cause the rib cage to compress the heart and lungs causing them to work improperly. Symptoms of scoliosis include back pain and fatigue.


Simple check-list for early detection of Scoliosis (Adopted from Scoliosis Association)


  1. Is one shoulder higher than the other?

  2. Is one scapula (shoulder blade) more prominent than the other?

  3. Does one hip seem higher or more prominent than the other?

  4. Is there a greater distance between the arm and the body on one side than on the other when the arms are hanging down loosely at the sides?

  5. Does the child have excessive "swayback" (lordosis)?

  6. Does the child have excessive "round shoulder" or "roundback" (Kyphosis)?

  7. Is there a larger "crease" at one side of the waist than the other side?

  8. Does the child seem to "list" or lean to one side?

  9. When you examine the child, have her bend forward with her arms hanging down loosely with the hands even and the palms touching each other at about the level of the knees.

  10. When in this position: Is there a prominence or hump in the rib area?

  11. Is there asymmetry in the hips or waist?


If Scoliosis is present or suspected, your child's spine should be reassessed at least at 6 month intervals. Your chiropractor is able to determine which approach to treatment is most advisable. Chiropractic care may include spinal adjustments, exercise and postural and activity advice. Chiropractic care maintains the mobility of the joints of the spine and allows the spine to develop normally. Proper treatment can prevent progression of the curve and may help reduce it. With scoliosis particularly, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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