WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?
Scoliosis, occurring during a child’s growth spurt, causes individuals to develop an abnormal S-shaped or C-shaped curve of the spine. The curve can happen on either side of the spine and in different places in the spine.
With treatment, observation, and follow-up with an orthopedic spine physician, most children and teens with scoliosis have normal, active lives as adults. Adults experiencing symptoms of scoliosis may not always need surgery but in acute cases there are less invasive surgery options available.
WHO GETS SCOLIOSIS?
Anyone can get scoliosis. However, the most common type usually occurs in children age 11 and older. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. You are more likely to have scoliosis if your parents, brother, or sister has it.
HOW IS SCOLIOSIS TREATED?
If your child has scoliosis, your child’s doctor may recommend the following treatments:
- Observation. If the curve is mild and your child is still growing, the doctor may recommend checking the spine every few months.
- Bracing. If the curve is moderate, your doctor may recommend using a brace to keep the curve from getting any worse.
- Surgery. If scoliosis continues to progress, your doctor may recommend surgery. The type of surgery depends on the location and severity of the curve.
- Physical therapy. The doctor may recommend physical therapy to help muscles get stronger.
LIVING WITH SCOLIOSIS?
The following tips may help your child or teen while living with scoliosis.
- Regular exercise helps individuals remain physically fit and help muscles get stronger. Talk to your doctor about taking part in sports and activities.
- If an individual wears a brace, they may feel self-conscious or embarrassed. If you will not wear your brace, talk to the doctor about other bracing or treatment options.
- Consider joining a community or online scoliosis support group. It can help you cope with scoliosis and its treatment.
HOW CAN AVALA HELP YOU?
Our team of expert orthopedic spine physicians can review and diagnose your scoliosis to help find a solution for you to live a happy and healthier live.