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4 Facts about Scoliosis Every Parent Should Know

At our practice, we want to help you better understand conditions relating to the spine—especially when they involve your children. If you have a child who has been diagnosed with scoliosis, discover these four facts that every parent should know.

1. Early diagnosis is key.

It’s important for parents to make sure their children are receiving regular checkups so that conditions like scoliosis can be diagnosed and managed early.

2. Most cases of scoliosis have no known cause.

Parents: It’s not your fault if your child is diagnosed with scoliosis. Parents tend to ask what they could have done to prevent scoliosis, but there is usually no known cause.

It’s also very common for parents to ask if bad posture or heavy backpacks could have caused their child’s scoliosis. While these two things may be associated with other spine and back conditions, they usually do not cause scoliosis.

3. Scoliosis can run in families.

When parents hear scoliosis runs in families, they often say, “But nobody in our family has it.” In reality, it’s likely that someone does or did and it went unnoticed because it was a very mild case. Of course, there are also cases where a child is the first in the family to develop the condition.

4. Only a small percentage of scoliosis patients require surgery.

We see a number of patients who automatically assume they will need treatment for their scoliosis, but only a small percentage — about 30 percent — require bracing, and an even smaller percent — about 10 percent — of patients actually require surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about how natural chiropractic care may be able to benefit your child, we’d love to invite you to book an appointment with our team. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice!

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