Scoliosis seems to affect mainly females between the ages of 8 and 18, although males can also develop scoliosis. The causes are varied. Some people are born with this spinal deviation, known as a congenital scoliosis. Others get it from assuming a distorted head or hip position, known as habitual scoliosis.
In the beginning, when it is easiest to correct, there are rarely symptoms. Sometimes a high shoulder or low hip makes clothing fit poorly. Back and leg pains may develop but are often overlooked as ‘growing pains’.
A thorough osteopathic examination helps detect scoliosis in its early stage. Corrective action can then begin immediately; improving structure and function, strengthening muscles and improving posture.