Scoliosis is a general term meaning a sideways curvature of the spine so that when looking at the spine from the front or the back it would have deviations to one or both sides often in a “C” or “S” shape curve. One shoulder or one side of the pelvis being higher than the other may be a sign of scoliosis.
No one has the ideal spine that is 100% straight, but on occasions a scoliosis can occur which is out of the bounds of comfort for the patient in both pain and social terms. Whether scoliosis can be corrected by your family osteopathic care depends on the individual case. Scoliosis often develops in early teenage years and the earlier you intervene, the easier it is to treat. When scoliosis has been present for a long time, the sideways curvature may not always be corrected, however the function of the spine can, in most cases be improved, thus relieving any pain, discomfort and even the breathing difficulties that may occur.
It is very easy with one or two simple tests for your family osteopath to determine whether a scoliotic spine has a good chance of being resolved or not, so it is best to pop in and talk to your osteopath to find out more.