Scoliosis is a spine condition caused by a side-to-side curve along the vertebrae. As kids grow, scoliosis may develop as a slight S- or C-shaped curvature in their spines. Though it’s most likely to occur in patients ages 10-18, scoliosis is a condition that parents and pediatric doctors should have their eye on throughout childhood.
Though there’s no singular cause of scoliosis, there are a few warning signs to pay attention to throughout your child’s growth. Understanding the symptoms of scoliosis in kids is key to preventing a worsening condition.
Children with scoliosis may experience their first symptoms before, during or after their growth spurt. In about 85% of child scoliosis cases, there is no known cause. Your child’s spine specialist may point to any of the following causes:
Due to the range of potential causes, there are no distinct prevention methods. However, once a child is diagnosed with scoliosis, there is a wide range of treatment possibilities.
When diagnosed early, scoliosis is a manageable and treatable condition. Depending on your child’s age, general health and severity of symptoms, we may recommend any of the following treatments:
It’s crucial to keep an eye out for early signs and symptoms to prevent severe cases of scoliosis in kids. Take note of any comments your child makes about back pain, and visit a specialist if you notice any of the following signs:
If you suspect any symptoms of child scoliosis, the best thing you can do is schedule a screening. At New York Spine Institute, we treat children and adults across the tri-state area with appropriate spinal care. To learn more about your child’s risk of scoliosis, request an appointment at any of our treatment centers in your area!