Scoliosis in younger kids-Causes and Treatment

One of the deformities in the spine-scoliosis, often develops in the growth and development phase of a child’s life.  Scoliosis caused by weak abdominal muscles is called Myopathic scoliosis


Curving of the spine can happen in two ways , either to the left or right side in the shape of the letter “C” or both sides in the shape of the letter “S”. Adolescent scoliosis is the most common type and typically occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis.


Kids would typically be diagnosed during a group school screening, or by a chiropractor. At Emirates European medical center, we approach the treatment of scoliosis with great care. It is a process involving a chiropractor, physical therapist , the patient and his/her family, especially when it’s a child.


The doctor looks at the patient’s back, chest, pelvis, legs and feet. He or she checks if the patient’s shoulders are level, whether the head is centered, and whether opposite sides of the body look level. The doctor also examines the back muscles while the patient is bending forward to see if one side of the rib cage is higher than the other.


One of the things that make scoliosis even worse is weak muscles on one side of the spine and overall vertebral weakness of the muscles that holds the spine! If a child has problems with posture, balance, and body symmetry, it could affect the way his or her spine is positioned. If the problems are chronic, it may interrupt the way the child’s spine and muscles develop. Functional or non-structural scoliosis happens when the child didn’t inherit the scoliosis from a parent or family member, but was instead caused by bad posture or bad habits like symmetrical repetitive movements and imbalanced habitual patterns.




When scoliosis is caused by bad posture or habits, chiropractors often apply treatment directed to normalizing body structure to maintain normal function, with emphasis on postural alignment of the spine and pelvis and balancing of their associated soft tissues. Chiropractors can detect any vertebral subluxations and correct them with gentle chiropractic adjustments. Research shows that chiropractic has had good clinical results in scoliosis control, reduction, and correction. A report of 100 chiropractic patients revealed improvement in 84% of the patients and no worsening of the curve in the other 16%.




Our physical therapy team and EEMC form part of the treatment plan by using targeted corrective exercises. The exercises are done daily with checkups by our chiropractors.


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By Davor Aladrovic,

Physical Therapist