Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of a person's spine. There are many different locations, shapes and degrees of scoliosis. While scoliosis can be present at any age, most cases are first noticed in childhood or adolescence.

Important factors affecting spinal condition and shape include the alignment of the bones (vertebrae) in your back and proper nervous system functioning that directs growth and development. When a vertebra becomes misaligned, it not only affects the biomechanics and structure of your spine, it can also impair nerve functioning in that area. Doctors of chiropractic specialize in finding these areas of misalignment and decreased function, called subluxations. Chiropractic care has helped many individuals in decreasing the angle of their scoliosis.

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