Why You Shouldn’t Just “Wait and See” For Your Child’s Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a condition that is relatively common as a spinal condition. It affects 3-5 % of the population. Usually it is evident between the ages of 9 -14 years old. We address early diagnosis in an earlier blog (Click Here).
There are a few different kinds of scoliosis. The most commonly found type of scoliosis is called “adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”. Idiopathic means “of unknown origin”. But recent research into the cause of scoliosis seems to suggest that there is often a genetic factor which affects the control of the growth of the spine.
Another type of scoliosis that can develop is a degenerative scoliosis. This is where the spine degenerates causing the spine to slowly develop curves.
Scoliosis can affect children and adults. In children it can be a more serious condition because it can rapidly progress as the child grows.
Most patients with scoliosis come to see us haven already been diagnosed by their orthopaedic doctor. The prior advice most commonly given to patients and their family members is to do one of two things:
- Wait and see
“If curves are caught early enough (5-20 degrees), bracing or more aggressive and, potentially, more expensive treatment is usually not necessary.”
Sometimes there will be physio or exercises given but these are not meant to correct the problem, only to stabilise the area and/or make the patient more comfortable.
Studies show that there is a virtual 100% chance of progression in many cases of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. This makes an early diagnosis vital but also, if curves are present, early intervention. If curves are caught early enough (5-20 degrees), bracing or more aggressive and, potentially, more expensive treatment is usually not necessary.
No single treatment has proven to be effective in every case or suitable for every patient. A special understanding of spinal biomechanics and rehabilitation is required to achieve the best result for each patient. The doctors at Advanced Pain Centres will be able to perform a comprehensive scoliosis evaluation to determine the best course of action for each patient.
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