Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that happens most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. About three percent of adolescents have this condition. Girls have a much higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment; and scoliosis can be genetic, but it usually isn't.
If your child has scoliosis, don't hesitate to book a consultation with us here at Therapeutics Unlimited. We are eager to hear all about his or her symptoms and discuss ways to treat them.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some spine deformities continue to get more severe as children grow, and severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can lower the amount of space in the chest, making it hard to breath.
Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely to see if the curve worsens. In many cases, no treatment is necessary. But if it is, options include wearing a brace to stop the curve from progressing, or surgery to keep the condition from deteriorating. If a scoliosis curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, in addition to curving side to side. This causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side.
See a doctor if you notice signs or symptoms of scoliosis: uneven shoulders, one shoulder blade is higher than the other and an uneven waistline. Mild curves, however, can develop without anyone realizing it because the curves appear gradually and usually don't cause pain.
At the office of Therapeutics Unlimited, we're dedicated to presenting all of your available options and delivering the results you expect. For more information about how we can treat scoliosis, as well as all the services we offer, call us today.
By Therapeutics Unlimited
November 20, 2019