Scoliosis is condition that causes the spine to curve abnormally. Although it can affect boys, scoliosis is most common in girls. In most cases, there is no known cause for scoliosis, but research suggests there can be a genetic predisposition for it.
Types of scoliosis include:
Who gets scoliosis?
Toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults can have scoliosis. When it occurs in children age 3 years and younger, it is known as infantile scoliosis. In children age 4 years to 10 years, it is called juvenile scoliosis, and in adolescents age 11 years and older, it is called adolescent scoliosis.
The good news is that scoliosis can usually be treated and managed without surgery.
Scoliosis symptoms can include:
How do I know if my child has scoliosis?
To determine whether your child has scoliosis, he or she will have a physical exam that can include:
Treatment for Scoliosis
Depending on its cause, location, and severity of the spinal curve as well as the age and growth of the child, scoliosis treatment can include:
“The good news is that spine experts can do many things to help children and adults live with scoliosis,” says Summit Medical Group spine surgeon Ilya Kupershtein, MD. Dr. Kupershtein adds, “Now that schools provide routine scoliosis screening, we are better able to begin treatment early when it can provide the best possible outcomes.”
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