Are you concerned your child may be developing scoliosis?  Is there someone in the family with scoliosis?

If you are it’s very important that you act early as early diagnosis is critical for the best outcome. It is especially important in young females as they are most likely to be affected by scoliosis. Scoliosis can progress quite quickly during puberty.

What should you as a parent be looking for with your child?

  1. Forward bend test

Start with your child to standing in front of you with their arms extended out in front and palms together. Ask them to bend at the waist.  Look for signs of asymmetry:

  • One side of the rib cage sitting higher
  • Low back uneven
  • One hip higher than the other

2. Posture standing.

Change in posture is one of the earliest warning signs. What is your child’s posture like when they are standing straight?

  • Are the shoulders level
  • Hips level
  • Is one hip higher than the other

 3. Clothes check

Look for ill-fitting of clothes, such as:

  • Uneven hemline when wearing clothes
  • One pant leg hangs lower than the other
  • Shirtsleeve longer on one side than the other

4. Ears and eyes

Alignment of ears and eyes can be an indicator for spinal abnormality. The head can be tilted and rotated as the effects of the scoliosis are seen all the way up the body. Look for:

  • Tilting of the eye-line
  • One ear more forward than the other

5. Walk/gait

Scoliosis can cause a slight limp or other irregularities while walking.

  • Is a limp present?
  • Body tilt to one side?
  • Does one leg seem shorter than the other?

 If you have noticed any of these changes in your child then we recommend you get a full spinal assessment. Our Chiropractors are trained in scoliosis detection and will make sure that the best care is given to your child.

Here at Errol Street Chiropractic we look after many children/teenagers with scoliosis. If the scoliosis is mild we treat the scoliosis with Chiropractic BioPhysics. This involves traction on the Denneroll table and home traction on the Scoliroll. Corrective mirror imaging exercises are also a important part of care to help re-educate muscles around the scoliosis. If the curve is in the moderate range, then we work closely with Scolicare Australia. They have offices all over Australia and offer the most up to date treatment for scoliosis.

Even if bracing is necessary for a child we continue to work together with Scolicare to get the best results. Some severe cases will need surgery. If we start treatment early enough and the curve is not severe, then we find that these cases are far less likely to require surgery. Patient compliance is a big factor in preventing the progression of the curves. So if the patient is compliant, we detect the curve early enough and the curve is not severe, then the outcome is more favourable.

We have seen some great changes in children!!!

 Another useful tool for parents is the Scoliscreening app. it’s a free app which you can download from www.scolicare.com website. It’s a great tool you can use along with our video today to help you do a scoliosis screening at home.

For any further information or if you would like to discuss the possibility of your child having scoliosis please feel free to call us on 93291118.