Scoliosis is known as a disorder, which causes an abnormal curve of the backbone or spine. The spine should have normal curves when looking at it from the side, but it should also appear straight from the front as well. This disorder is found twice as much in girls, rather than in boys. It is typically seen at any age. However, it tends to be more common over the age of 10.
Age is certainly one of the biggest risk factors. Those around 9-15 years of age can be at risk. Scoliosis is hereditary, so having a family member with the disease heightens the risk. It's not as common in boys, but by having a family member with the disease, it makes them just as much susceptible to the disease as girls.
The main symptom of scoliosis is having an abnormal curve of the spine. This is most noticed by a family member or a friend. The change in the curve of the spine could progress slowly, but then it can turn severe. It is sometimes found during school physicals. This disease can make someone's head appear to be off center, and it can also make shoulders appear to be higher than the other side. A severe case of scoliosis could make it harder for the lungs and the heart to work efficiently, which could lead to chest pain and shortness of breath.
X-rays are useful when it comes to examination of scoliosis. By using an X-ray, the doctor can tell how severe the scoliosis is and which treatment option may be best.
If you feel you may be suffering from scoliosis or if you would like more information, contact Tualatin Chiropractic at (503) 620-6480 or visit www.lockeclinic.com