Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves sideways, sometimes making a slight “S” or “C” shape. It’s rarely painful — many people with scoliosis don’t have any problems because of it or even realize they have it. It’s fairly common in children and teens, affecting about three percent of kids.
For some kids, the problem can become pronounced and cause changes in posture as they grow. School screenings and regular checkups starting around age 10 can help catch scoliosis early.
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Symptoms of Scoliosis
The small curves of the back may not cause symptoms, but as children grow, you might see red flags such as:
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven hips (o)ne visibly higher than the other
- One shoulder blade sticking out farther than the other
- Ribs sticking out farther on one side
Scoliosis: The Causes
The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis. About 80 to 85 percent of people with scoliosis have this type. Idiopathic means doctors don’t know the exact cause. They do know it tends to run in families. They also know that no specific activity causes it and you can’t prevent it.
Other forms of scoliosis include congenital scoliosis due to a birth defect and neuromuscular scoliosis from conditions such as muscular dystrophy.
Trusted Treatment for Scoliosis in Arizona
Treatment options depend on the size of the curvature and whether your child is finished growing. Small curves may not require treatment. Your doctor may recommend back bracing for more prominent curves. A back brace will not straighten the spine, but it can prevent the curve from getting worse.
Very large curves — 45 to 50 degrees or greater — or curves that continue to increase despite bracing, may require spinal fusion surgery. Surgery can help prevent complications such as changes in lung function.
No matter your age or spine condition, you can find the reliable care that you need at Dignity Health. Reach out to one of our doctors today.
Dignity Health provides outstanding care for scoliosis in Arizona.