Early scoliosis detection results in better long-term patient outcomes.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can lead to unnatural posture, problems walking, and everyday painful activity. It’s a silent malformation that makes its first appearance without any pain. And it can result from genetic or hereditary issues with no known prevention.
Approximately 2-3% of children between the ages of 10 and 15 will be diagnosed with scoliosis. And the risk of scoliosis increases rapidly between the ages of 11 and 14 during periods of rapid growth.
Scoliosis also occurs with near equal frequency in both girls and boys. However, girls’ curvatures do tend to be larger and progress more than the curvatures found in boys. That being said, it’s still important to have all children screened for possible signs of scoliosis – no matter what their gender may be.
Gold Coast Chiropractic Recommends the Best Approach to Scoliosis Treatment:
In order to catch the appearance of scoliosis during its early stages, you must get your child a simple scoliosis screening. With an early scoliosis screening means, earlier diagnosis and faster time to treatment. Remember, when you are searching for the best way to handle your child’s scoliosis, there are treatment options other than surgery that do have great outcomes. Get your child a proper diagnosis and started in treatment as soon as possible.
When to Screen for Scoliosis
Girls should be initially checked between the ages of 10 to 12, and boys should be screened between the ages of 11 and 13 – when growth spurts occur. At Gold Coast Chiropractic, Dr. Paul Fisher can perform a quick and painless scoliosis screening to detect any of the earliest signs of spine disfigurement.
Scoliosis Can Go Undetected
Scoliosis can often go undetected, or may be detected after further progression makes the symptoms more pronounced. One reason for this lag in detection time can be attributed to the age of occurrence, which happens at a time when children are bathing and dressing themselves and wearing loose or bulky clothing. Since parents are not taking close physical care of their children during these high-risk years, they may be less likely to notice the early symptoms. In addition, scoliosis has sometimes been misdiagnosed as improper leg height.
Children and teens can display several noticeable signs of scoliosis:
Prominent shoulder blade
Visible curve in spine
Scoliosis Screening Is 100% Safe, Schedule Your Child’s Today!