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playing airplane with dadConsidered an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, scoliosis begins as a postural distortion. If this curvature is left untreated, it could become a permanent deformity.

There are three causes of scoliosis: congenital (genetic predisposition), habitual (behavioral routines), and idiopathic (unknown cause).


Are There Obvious Clues?

A parent may notice that their child has a high shoulder or low hip that makes clothing fit poorly. Uneven shoe wear may also provide a clue. Children with an abnormal curvature of the spine may also experience middle back and leg pains, but these are usually dismissed as “growing pains.”

Wait and See?

Scoliosis may often worsen if left to just “run its course.” In severe cases, a child may need to wear an unsightly or cumbersome brace or have surgery that attaches steel rods, forcing the spine to straighten.

Our Natural Approach

Chiropractic adjustments may help improve the spine’s structure and function. Because an adjustment may also help strengthen and retrain muscles, your child’s posture may improve.

It’s important that you don’t delay seeking care for your child. If someone has had unaddressed scoliosis since childhood, you can’t reduce the scoliosis by the time they hit their late 20s on up. You can, however, improve their function and slow down arthritic changes.

What to Expect

If you think your child may have an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, we recommend you bring them in so we can provide an evaluation and determine if we can help. If, for whatever reason, the scoliosis cannot be improved, Dr. Eriksen will put together a treatment plan to control the symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t a certain amount of sideways curvature considered normal?

No, any type of sideways curvature is abnormal. From the back, the spine should appear straight. When a person has scoliosis, there are typically two curves: a primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the other direction.

When does scoliosis require care?

Experts disagree on when this abnormal spinal curvature needs to be addressed. Most surgeons recommend surgery only when the spinal curvature is at or beyond 40 degrees. For small curves (those between 10-25 degrees), we do not consider care necessary.

At what ages should I bring my children in to get screened?

For girls, a good time to screen them is usually between 8 and 12 years old. For boys, we recommend between 10 and 14.

Book an Appointment

If you think your child may have scoliosis, contact Commonwealth Family Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment.


Scoliosis Elizabethtown, Hodgenville KY | (270) 735-9090