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Understanding Scoliosis and Its Effects on You

It has been linked to some conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, but the cause of most cases remains unknown. Some symptoms of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or waist where one shoulder blade is more prominent or one hip rests higher than the other. It is important to monitor yourself and your kids if you see these symptoms show up and see a doctor if you do. Your doctor will be able to diagnose a condition and keep tabs on any progression so that you or your children get the treatment necessary to keep scoliosis in check. Severe cases can cause difficulty breathing and back pain. Scoliosis can run in families and girls have a much higher risk of developing cases that involve a worsening curve that requires treatment. With a proper diagnosis and monitoring your doctor can help mitigate pain and take action as necessary.

Common Treatment Options for Those with Scoliosis

If the case is severe enough, different treatments may be necessary. While many cases are mild and need only be monitored with X-rays, others may warrant the use of back braces, physical therapy or surgery. While your kids are still developing, a brace can be used to stabilize their spine and prevent the progression of the curve. It won’t cure scoliosis, but it is used as an effective treatment. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles in the back and relieve pressure on the spine. This helps your kids develop and healthier posture and will reduce back pain as they grow older. Severe cases may require surgery to reduce the severity of the curve. Spinal fusion is the most common surgery, but surgery is often delayed until after a child’s bones have stopped growing. To talk with a spine specialist about your individual needs, be sure to contact a representative directly.