What is Scoliosis?
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. 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.
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Three Types of Scoliosis:
Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis
This occurs between birth and 3 years of age. Many infants with infantile idiopathic scoliosis are healthy and normal, and simply have a small curvature of the spine.
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.