Scoliosis in Children

If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with scoliosis, you may be feeling a range of emotions, from confusion and fear to hope and optimism. You are not alone in your feelings. Scoliosis is a condition that affects millions of people each year, both children and adults. This blog post will provide you with information about scoliosis in children, including what it is, how it is treated, and what to expect as your child grows up.

Scoliosis in Children

What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine curves to the side. The spine is supposed to be straight, so when it curves, it can cause problems with how the body functions. Scoliosis usually starts in childhood or adolescence, but it can also affect adults. It occurs more often in girls than boys and is more common in people of Caucasian descent than in other groups. There are two main adolescent types of scoliosis: congenital and idiopathic.

Congenital scoliosis

It is caused by a problem with the development of the spine in the womb. This type of scoliosis is present at birth or develops soon after.

Idiopathic scoliosis

It is thought to have no known cause, this, however, is a dated  or conventional understanding.

It’s important to understand how your doctor SEES or understands the problem, as that informs how one approaches, treats, and solves the problem. We at ScoliSMART have a sifted through piles of research and have done much of our own research leading us to see or understand Idiopathic Scoliosis condition differently than conventional thought.

Scoliosis a neuro-hormonal condition — ScoliSMART doctors understand the cause of scoliosis to be due to genetic variances that are passed down from mom and dad.  These variances create miscommunications in the body which result in scoliosis.

Scoliosis can range from mild to severe, depending on the degree of curvature of the spine. In mild cases, the curve may be barely noticeable and may not cause any significant health problems. In more severe cases, however, the curve can be quite pronounced and may cause pain, difficulty breathing, and other health problems.

The severity of scoliosis is measured by the degree of curvature of the spine. The degree of curvature is determined by taking an X-ray of the spine and measuring the angle of the curve via the cobb angle. The angle is expressed in degrees, with a normal spine having an angle of 0 to 10 degrees. A curve of more than 10 degrees is considered to be scoliosis.

The typical outdated conventional treatment of scoliosis (sadly still used by many) depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, no treatment may be done. The child will be monitored periodically to ensure that the curve does not worsen. When the curve worsens, however, treatment may be noted to prevent it from getting worse. These treatment options for scoliosis include:

-Observation: This involves monitoring the child periodically to see if the curve worsens. No treatment is given, but the child may be placed in a brace or cast if the curve begins to worsen.

Bracing: This involves wearing a special device that helps to hold the spine in place and prevent further curving.

-Surgery: this is noted for curves that are above 50 degrees and is a very invasive way to deal with the problem.

We at ScoliSMART disagree with this reactive approach of waiting and watching the curve get worse.  We believe in early intervention with our ScoliSMART comprehensive treatment.

No matter what type or severity of scoliosis your child has, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the condition from worsening. With early diagnosis and treatment, most children with scoliosis can lead normal, healthy lives.

It is important to remember that most people with scoliosis do not have any pain or other symptoms associated with the condition.

The most common symptom of scoliosis is just a curve in the spine. The curve may be S-shaped or C-shaped and is usually visible when the child bends over or stands up straight.

Other visible signs of scoliosis include: 

  • uneven shoulders
  • one shoulder blade that sticks out more than the other
  • clothes that fit unevenly or hang crooked on the body
  • one hip that appears higher than the other
  • a torso shift to one side or the other
  • walking posture not balanced

If you notice any of these postural issues in your child, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preventing the condition from worsening.

It is also important to know that when choosing a method of treatment there will be homecare and follow up care.   This must be continued until the child is done growing.   This is vital to the success of the treatment.

At ScoliSMART, we use a combination of scoliosis specific chiropractic, physical therapy exercises, and nutritional counseling to treat scoliosis. We also provide our patients with at-home exercises and stretches to do on their own. Our goal is to help our patients achieve a healthy spine and live a pain-free life.

If you think your child may have scoliosis, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for your child’s health.

Thank you for reading! We hope this article was helpful in learning more about scoliosis in children. Remember, if you think your child may have scoliosis, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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