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Does Scoliosis Automatically Mean Surgery?

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Did you know? Children aged 10-15 are the largest group affected by scoliosis.

A routine school exam reveals your child has scoliosis. Naturally you’re concerned.

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. About 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic. Which means the cause isn’t known. Idiopathic scoliosis may have hereditary factors.

Scoliosis afflicts around 2 to 3 percent of the population. Children aged 10 to 15 are the largest age group. And it seems girls are more affected than boys. While common in this age and gender group, a growing number of adults have scoliosis.

Congenital scoliosis occurs before birth. These deformities are often from partially-formed vertebrae. Or vertebrae that are fused together.

Among children, “wait and see” is often the first-line of traditional treatment. If the scoliosis has progressed beyond a 45° – 50° curve, surgical fusion is often recommended. This surgery involves implanting steel rods, hooks and screws to straighten the spine. These are covered with bone fragments to fuse the metal rods with the spine.

Adjustments can sometimes help make changes to spinal structures and function. Some cases show a reduction in the degree of curvature.

Many are interested in additions to medical treatment.

If you have a loved one with scoliosis, please mention it on your next visit. We’d be happy to share our experience with scoliosis cases. Let’s create a strategy to introduce them to safe and natural chiropractic care.

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