Faith - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
Do any of you all have experience with chiropractic adjustments and scoliosis? My 13 yo son will be 14 in July. He has not had his growth spurts yet. As of last year, the pediatrician predicted he wouldn't begin to grow until 16. Chiropractor's xray shows growth plates are still in place and will do their job. On this xray, he has a backward c lateral curve in the lumbar region that is easily visible to the eye. He has slight beginnings of lateral curvature in the thoracic region which looks like it is beginning to compensate for the lower curve. There is also rotation all the way down the thoracic region. The chiropractor says that the problem area is actually in his neck. The cervical curve is supposed to be c shaped toward the back. His is c-shaping toward the front.
My son likes the chiropractic adjustments. I'm just curious how much this can ward off curvature during the growth spurt?! He did not say how many degrees the curve is. He did say any curve is technically scoliosis, but they would more than likely call it a right ______ in radiological terms. (Sorry, I can't remember the word he used.)
He's had the right shoulder blade hump on the bendover screening the last 2 summers. Last summer's xray didn't show anything yet. The chiropractor showed me that now he has uneven shoulders on standing position. I can see it now. He still has the shoulder blade hump.
Another question: Does pre-pubertal curvature have any bearing or predictability on how mild or bad the curve can get during a growth spurt?!
He will see his pediatrician again in August. She had already planned on having the xray done again. She's out on maternity leave, so I have no idea how she feels about chiropractic care either. She'll probably refer him out to the orthopedic doctor group in town (great group of doctors!) However, I'm new to scoliosis, so all new territory.