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Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis in Fort Collins, CO

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Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis (JIS) is a condition that significantly impacts the lives of children, with 10 to 15% of all idiopathic scoliosis cases diagnosed between the ages of four and 10. This condition results in a noticeable curvature of the spine, often accompanied by rotation, leading to uneven shoulders and hips. While the majority of JIS cases are mild, the potential for progression to a severe curvature is a serious concern. Early diagnosis and immediate treatment are paramount. At Square One Health, we are committed to providing exceptional care and support for children with JIS and their families, ensuring a brighter, healthier future.
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Signs and Conditions

Timeframe for Development

Understanding the timeframe for JIS development is crucial. It is diagnosed when the growth of the spine slows down, typically between ages 5 and 10. However, a rapid growth spurt during puberty can exacerbate the condition, making early intervention vital.

Signs of JIS

  • Uneven Shoulders: This is often one of the earliest signs of JIS, where one shoulder appears higher than the other, noticeable during the early stages.
  • Protruding Shoulder Blade: As the spine curves, it can cause one shoulder blade to stick out more than the other, visible when the child bends forward.
  • Rib Hump: The ribs may appear more prominent on one side, a condition known as rib hump, more likely to appear in the later stages of JIS.
  • Uneven Waistline and Hip Height: The spine’s curvature can cause an uneven waistline and a difference in hip height, with one hip appearing higher than the other.

Scoliosis Red Flags

Early onset scoliosis in children is associated with a higher incident of underlying pathology. A through exam and possibly advanced imaging to rules out potential pathologies.

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Our Treatment Approach

Our treatment approach of JIS typically involves scoliosis bracing in curves greater than 20°. Scoliosis-specific exercises may be incorporated beginning at the ages of 8-10 yo.

Chiropractic Care

We employ Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to support spinal realignment and correction, enhancing spinal motion and reducing pain. This approach uses biomechanically-based techniques to support the realignment and correction of the spine using mirror image correction.

Scoliosis-Specific Exercises

Our therapists are trained in the Schroth method, combining breathing exercises, strength-building, and postural awareness to balance the muscles and tissues in the back. This method is tailored to the child’s individual needs, ensuring the most effective treatment.

Bracing Solutions

We offer custom-made braces, including the ScoliBrace, tailored to the child’s individual needs using X-rays, posture analysis, and 3D body scans. This brace is designed to prevent the progression of the curvature and simultaneously reduce it.

Choosing our clinic for JIS treatment ensures your child receives top-notch care tailored to their specific condition. Our multidisciplinary approach not only addresses the physical aspects of JIS but also provides support and education to families, ensuring a comprehensive care experience.

Take the First Step Today

If you’ve noticed signs of scoliosis in your child or if they have been diagnosed with JIS, contact us at Square One Health in Fort Collins, CO, to schedule an appointment. Our team is ready to provide the care and support your child needs to thrive.


What is Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis?

JIS is a type of scoliosis diagnosed in children between the ages of 4 and 10, characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine.

How is JIS diagnosed?

JIS is typically discovered during routine physical examinations, with further confirmation through x-rays and possibly an MRI.

Can chiropractic care help with JIS?

Yes, chiropractic care, especially Chiropractic BioPhysics, can improve spinal motion, reduce pain, and enhance overall treatment outcomes.

Is early diagnosis important?

Absolutely, early diagnosis and intervention are crucial to prevent progression and ensure the best possible outcome.

What makes you unique in treating JIS?

Our holistic, personalized approach, combined with our expertise in innovative bracing solutions and scoliosis-specific exercises, sets us apart in providing comprehensive care for JIS.

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