Concerned about scoliosis in your child? Looking for a scoliosis assessment?
At Sure Start Chiropractic we can provide scoliosis assessments for children. We can check for the presence of scoliosis, the likely type, indicate the likelihood of progression and provide advice for the best course of action. We can also provide a monitoring service for children with scoliosis or suspected scoliosis. The scoliosis referred to in this article is ‘idiopathic scoliosis’.
Facts about Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children:
- Girls are more likely to develop scoliosis as a child than boys
- The most common scoliosis presentation in school-aged children and teenagers involves a right convex thoracic curve
- The severity of the curve just before puberty is an important progressive risk factor
- During puberty, scoliosis has the greatest risk of progression because the spine is growing so quickly. Particularly in the first 2 years of puberty (average age 11-13 years in girls). Scoliosis assessment / monitoring during this period is important.
- The vast majority of child scoliosis cases don’t progress to require a brace or surgery
- A family history of scoliosis may increase the risk that your child will develop a scoliosis
- Ballet dancers are at greater risk of developing scoliosis
- Juvenile scoliosis – develops between the ages of 3 and 10. This form is more common in girls and typically involves a right convex thoracic curve. A juvenile onset scoliosis is considered more likely to progress than a curve coming on later in adolescence
- Adolescent scoliosis – develops after the age of 10 and is the most common idiopathic form. The majority do not progress to more severe forms that require bracing or surgery
Sign of childhood scoliosis for parents to look out for:
- Elevated hip on one side
- Lower shoulder
- Prominent shoulder blade
- Increased distance between waist and arm on one side
- Raised rib cage on one side when your child bends forward when standing
- The curve in the spine does not go away when they sit down
If you would like your child to receive a scoliosis assessment, or if you have any questions, please contact our office on 8272 2862 or by email at the bottom of the page.
Dr Richard Mathers