one has a completely straight spine, but nearly 3 out of every
100 people have whatıs known as scoliosis an ³S-shaped²
curvature of the spine. Usually, this curvature isnıt a problem,
but for some, the curve gets worse over time and can cause
discomfort and problems with breathing and circulation.
Scoliosis might be even more dangerous than originally thought.
A study in the journal Spine found that children diagnosed
with scoliosis had significantly lower bone mineral density
(BMD) than healthy children. These results were maintained
over three years of follow-up measurements.
Whatıs this all mean? Basically, bone density is a good indicator
of bone strength. The greater the bone density, the stronger
your bones are. People with weak bones often suffer from osteoporosis,
which can lead to painful falls and fractures. Researchers
believe that osteoporosis is extremely uncommon in children,
but these results suggest that children with scoliosis may
be at risk.
Give your children a head start on health by making sure
they visit your chiropractor regularly. A complete physical
examination can help detect scoliosis and any other spinal
abnormalities that may lead to problems later in life.
Cheng JCY, Sher AHL. Persistent osteopenia in adolescent
idiopathic scoliosis. Spine, June 15, 1999: Vol. 24,