Does your child suffer from scoliosis?

Scoliosis in children is often discovered around puberty. In the run-up to puberty, most children have a growth spurt. In this growth spurt, scoliosis can develop.

Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine. This creates one or two bends with a twist, where the spine should be growing straight. This can cause a bulge on the back because the ribs rotate with the spine. In many cases, children do not suffer from a lot of pain with scoliosis. Sometimes children themselves notice that they are crooked with their pelvis, back or ribs. Or do they indicate that they suffer from back, neck or shoulders. In some cases, they have more difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

There are several types of scoliosis:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis: the cause of the scoliosis is unknown (80%) and is caused by growth, often around puberty.
  • Congenital scoliosis: the scoliosis is caused by one or more congenital vertebral abnormalities.
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: the scoliosis is caused by a muscle or nerve disorder controlled from the brain.
  • Degenerative scoliosis: this form is caused by wear and tear of the joints in the spine. This is usually due to the natural ageing process of the body.
  • Functional scoliosis: this form can be caused by a difference in leg length or incorrect posture. This scoliosis is also called a postural scoliosis. With a leg length difference, the back tries to correct the difference, which can cause a curvature.

Causes of pain complaints in children

Children are growing, there are continuous changes in their body. Often nerves are pinched or irritated. This results in neurological problems such as clumsy motor skills, restless behaviour or poor sleep. Then of course there are also the necessary falls and often a poor body posture.

Problems that your child now has may have already arisen at birth. That is why it is important to have your child checked regularly by a chiropractor. This way you can be sure that your child does not develop any complaints at a later age. Many (pain) complaints arise from problems of the spine, muscles and the nervous system. This is exactly what our chiropractors specialise in.

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