Pre-Teens & Teens

Dr. Angela Aberg adjusting a preteen childAs your Pre-Teen and Teen gets involved in sports activities, increased sitting in the classroom and rapid growth, spinal checkups are vital to maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system.

Posture can be an indicator of spinal problems. Lateral curvature of the spine, also called scoliosis usually starts in the middle school years. Early detection with appropriate chiropractic care can make a big difference in the growing spine of a teenager. The following are signs of possible scoliosis or spinal misalignment:

  • One shoulder looks higher
  • Shoulder blades flared out
  • One side of the rib cage looks bigger
  • One arm looks longer

Other signs of spinal misalignment are:

  • Neck tilt
  • Joint pain and aching, growing pains
  • One leg looks shorter
  • One hip higher than the other

During the teenage years your child will experience the last major period of physical development. The "growth plates," which up to this point have allowed the bones to grow to adult size, will slowly disappear. This is an important time to check for deformities or imbalances. As your adolescent matures, improve his or her chances of a healthy future.

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