This is a condition in which the spine has gone laterally or sideways in a “C” or “S”-shaped curve. This can cause pain and in severe cases diminishing lung capacity, putting pressure on the heart, and restricting physical activities. Studies have shown people who are aligned can live up to 14 years longer compared to someone not aligned. Most importantly, a spinal alignment may increase your quality of life dramatically.
What is Scoliosis?
Because spinal bones continue to grow well into the early 20s, if left uncorrected, scoliosis often worsens. Unfortunately, the most common treatment approach has been to wait and see how bad it gets, then resorting to unsightly braces, or eventually surgery if it progresses too far.
Most scoliosis is classified as “Idiopathic Scoliosis” or unknown cause scoliosis. There is also “Congenital Scoliosis” which usually occurs due to congenital anomalies of the vertebrae or ribs.
Three Types of Scoliosis
Within the classification of Idiopathic Scoliosis there are three types:
Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis:
This occurs between birth and 3 years of age.
Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis:
Occurs between the ages of 3 through 10 with an average age of 7. This type can lead to severe lateral curvature and upwards of 30% will eventually have corrective surgery.
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis:
This occurs between ages of 10 and skeletal maturity. The most common type of Idiopathic Scoliosis is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.