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Scoliosis Care in Gold Coast

Checking child's spineAt Gold Coast Chiropractic Centre, we believe scoliosis doesn’t have to dictate your life. We’re here to help you understand and manage this condition with our comprehensive chiropractic care.

Scoliosis, characterised by an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, can affect individuals of any age but is typically diagnosed in children and adolescents during their growth spurts. While the exact cause is often unknown, factors like genetics, neuromuscular conditions, congenital issues, spinal degeneration, or trauma may contribute to its development.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Generally, there are three main causes of scoliosis:

  1. Congenital – Genetic predisposition
  2. Habitual – Behavioural routines
  3. Idiopathic – Unknown cause

Identifying scoliosis early can be extremely beneficial. Common signs include

  • Uneven shoulders or shoulder blades
  • Unequal hip heights
  • Asymmetrical waistline
  • Prominent ribs on one side
  • Leaning to one side
  • Back pain or discomfort
  • Fatigue due to muscle strain
In severe cases, it may lead to respiratory issues from reduced lung capacity. Parents might notice a high shoulder or low hip, uneven shoe wear, or children experiencing back and leg pains, often dismissed as “growing pains.”

Group of teens

How Chiropractic May Help

Our experienced chiropractors use non-invasive techniques to alleviate symptoms and improve spinal alignment. Our approach includes

  • Spinal Adjustments: Reduce pain and enhance mobility
  • Specific Exercises: Strengthen supporting muscles and stabilise curvature
  • Posture Guidance: Maintain proper alignment and reduce muscle strain
  • Lifestyle Advice: Comprehensive care for long-term health

Chiropractic adjustments may help improve the spine’s structure and function, strengthen and retrain muscles, and improve posture.

Should I Wait and See If Things Improve?

Scoliosis may often worsen if left to “run its course.” In severe cases, a child might need to wear a brace or undergo surgery to attach steel rods, forcing the spine to straighten. No matter your age, we encourage you to book an appointment if you or a child has been diagnosed or you suspect scoliosis may be causing an abnormal curve in the spine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t a certain amount of sideways curvature considered normal?

No, any type of sideways curvature is abnormal. The spine should appear straight from the back. Scoliosis typically has two curves: a primary curve and a compensatory curve.

When does scoliosis require care?

Even “small curves” can cause significant pain, and without proper care, scoliosis doesn’t improve on its own. Conservative chiropractic care can stop progression and, in some cases, reduce the abnormal curvature.

Do heavy backpacks cause scoliosis?

Not necessarily, but it’s a concern. Ensure your child uses both shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly and that their backpack doesn’t exceed 10%-15% of their body weight.

Why Should You Choose Gold Coast Chiropractic Centre?

We are committed to personalised, evidence-based care. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal spinal health and a better quality of life. If you or a loved one lives with scoliosis, contact us today to book your visit and get started.


Scoliosis Care Gold Coast QLD | (07) 5532 2755