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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Is Your Child's Poor Posture a Sign of Scoliosis?

by Carla Hudson

If it seems like your child is developing a posture problem or that one of the shoulders is higher than the other, you should ask your child's doctor to check for scoliosis. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that develops during a growth spurt. There are various causes for scoliosis, and sometimes the cause is not known. The risk for the condition passes once your child's bones stop growing. Here are a few things to know about this medical condition. 

The Symptoms Vary in Severity

Your child may have a case of scoliosis that is so mild, you don't even notice that he or she has a problem. Other times, there may be an elevated shoulder, protruding shoulder blade, or uneven hips that alert you to a developing situation. In severe cases of scoliosis, the curvature of the spine can be so severe it affects internal organs. Since the condition can worsen until your child stops growing, it is important to get an evaluation and medical intervention when you first notice a problem. Your doctor can easily determine the degree of your child's scoliosis through a physical examination and an X-ray.

A Brace May Be Needed for Treatment

Several factors come into play when your doctor decides how to treat your child's scoliosis. If your child has mild symptoms and is near the end of the growth phase of childhood, no treatment may be necessary. If your child is still young and has several years of growth left, a brace may be necessary to prevent progression of the spine curvature. A scoliosis brace is lightweight and unobtrusive. It is concealed under clothing and is not bothersome to wear. It is normally worn day and night because the more it is worn, the less risk there is of further curvature. However, the brace can be left off for special occasions such as a swim party.

Serious Cases Might Need Surgery

If your child has a more serious curvature or if there is an indication the scoliosis will get worse, then surgery may be the best treatment. Surgery can prevent deformity of the body and crowding of the heart and lungs. The surgery is done on the spine by fusing two vertebrae together so the spine is held straight. A metal rod may also be inserted in the spine. Because your child's bones are constantly growing, it may be necessary to make surgical adjustments to the spine on a regular basis until your child stops growing.

Scoliosis usually doesn't interfere with normal activities, even if your child has to wear a brace. However, it can cause your child anguish since it affects his or her physical appearance at a time when children are preoccupied with their body image and fitting in. Therefore, part of treatment for scoliosis may need to include counseling and participation in a support group if the condition is bad enough to affect your child's appearance.

For more information, talk to a specialist like those at C D Denison.