Category Archives: Scoliosis in Children
Fourteen is the age when most girls start experimenting with clothes and developing their individual sense of style. For Kathryn Dunnill, it was also the age she received her scoliosis diagnosis.
Her self-confidence took a big hit. But Dunnill didn’t give up. Eventually she learned to dress in a way that compliments her unique frame and puts a spring in her step.
Treating scoliosis is a race against the clock. If you catch it early enough, the right exercises can reduce it to negligible levels.
Unfortunately, many cases aren’t spotted until the spinal curve is moderately advanced. At that point treatment becomes more difficult and the risk of progression increases threefold.
Adolescent scoliosis is one of those tricky conditions that can evade detection for a long time after it develops. Its subtle symptoms are often dismissed until a rapid growth phase causes the spine’s abnormal curve to suddenly worsen.
Even then, scoliosis can continue to fly under the radar while the curve progresses. In one study, patients with moderate to severe scoliosis went undiagnosed more than 10 percent of the time.
A scoliosis diagnosis can be scary, especially when doctors start talking about back braces and spinal fusion surgery. The good news is that informed parents are far more likely to achieve a positive outcome for their children.
It all starts with understanding what scoliosis is — and what it isn’t. Scoliosis is a complex neuromuscular condition that causes the spine to curve. Although most people think of the curve itself as the problem, it’s actually just the symptom of a deeper defect: a neuro-hormonal imbalance that prevents the brain from detecting and correcting the spine’s abnormal posture.