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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in Fort Collins, CO

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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is the most prevalent form of scoliosis, primarily affecting children between the ages of 10 to 18, with a higher incidence in girls than boys. Idiopathic scoliosis is most common detected during the beginning of growth spurts with the onset of puberty. It’s during these growth spurts that curves can rapidly progress making treatment during this phase critical. Unlike Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis (JIS), which is diagnosed in children aged 4 to 10, AIS is identified in adolescents, making timely intervention crucial for optimal outcomes.
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Symptoms and Causes

AIS manifests through various symptoms and types, each presenting unique challenges. The condition can be categorized based on the curvature’s location and severity, with the thoracic (mid-back) region being the most commonly affected. Early detection is vital, as the curvature can progress rapidly during growth spurts.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is characterized by a variety of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Common signs include:

  • Uneven Shoulders and Hips: One shoulder or hip may appear higher than the other.
  • Prominent Shoulder Blade: One shoulder blade may stick out more prominently.
  • Asymmetrical Waistline: The waistline may appear uneven, and one side of the body may seem more prominent.
  • Visible Curve in the Back: A noticeable side-to-side curve in the back, which may form an “S” or “C” shape.
  • Imbalance: The person may lean to one side.
  • Back Pain and Discomfort: While not as common in children and adolescents, some individuals with AIS may experience back pain and discomfort.

The exact cause of AIS remains unknown, which is why it is referred to as “idiopathic.” However, several factors are believed to contribute to its development:

  • Genetics: AIS tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition.
  • Growth Spurts: The condition is often diagnosed during puberty when children experience rapid growth.
  • Underlying Pathologies: Scoliosis may be caused by an underlying pathology. A skilled provider will do a thorough exam to evaluate for the possibility of underlying pathologies and order additional diagnostic imaging if needed.

Our Treatment Approach

At our clinic in Fort Collins, we adopt a holistic and personalized approach to managing AIS. Our team of experienced professionals employs a combination of physical therapy, bracing, and, when necessary, surgical interventions to address the unique needs of each patient. We emphasize early detection and intervention, ensuring that our patients receive the most effective care tailored to their condition’s severity and progression.

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care

  • Pain Relief: Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate back pain associated with AIS.
  • Improved Mobility: Regular chiropractic care can enhance spinal mobility, making it easier for patients to maintain an active lifestyle.
  • Postural Correction: Chiropractors work to improve posture, which is crucial for managing scoliosis.
  • Holistic Approach: Chiropractic care takes into account the entire body, ensuring that treatment is tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
  • Non-Invasive: Unlike surgery, chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment option.
  • Complementary to Other Treatments: Chiropractic care can be effectively combined with other treatments such as physical therapy and bracing.

By incorporating chiropractic care into our treatment plan, we are committed to providing our patients with a holistic, non-invasive, and comprehensive approach to managing Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Our goal is to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for our patients, ensuring they have the support they need to navigate this condition.

Choosing Square One Health for AIS management ensures access to a dedicated team, state-of-the-art facilities, and a comprehensive treatment plan designed to optimize long-term outcomes. We are committed to empowering our patients and their families through education, support, and the highest standard of care. Don’t let scoliosis navigate your life’s course; take the first step towards a healthier future and schedule an appointment with us today.


What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

AIS is a type of scoliosis that occurs in children aged 10 to 18, with a higher prevalence in girls. It is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine.

What are the signs of AIS?

Signs include uneven shoulders, a prominent shoulder blade, an asymmetrical waistline, and a visible curve in the back.

How is AIS diagnosed?

AIS is diagnosed through a combination of physical examinations and imaging tests, such as X-rays, to assess the spine’s curvature.

What treatments are available?

We offer a comprehensive range of treatments, including physical therapy, bracing, and surgical interventions, tailored to each patient’s needs.

Why choose our clinic for AIS management?

Our experienced team, state-of-the-art facilities, and personalized approach ensure the highest standard of care for optimal long-term outcomes.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Take the first step towards a healthier future by contacting us today to schedule an appointment with our expert team.

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