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Non-Surgical Treatment Options to Manage Infantile Scoliosis

Infantile scoliosis, also known as EOS (Early Onset Scoliosis), a rare condition affecting the spine in children under three, presents a unique challenge. While the cause remains unknown, early detection is critical to achieving the best possible outcome.  This blog covers non-surgical treatment options for infantile scoliosis, empowering you with information on managing this condition without surgery if that’s the path recommended by your child’s specialist. What is Infantile scoliosis? Infantile scoliosis is a rare condition affecting the spine in children under 3 years old. It causes the spine to curve abnormally to the side, creating a shape like a letter “C” or “S” instead of a straight line. The exact cause is unknown, and doctors classify it as a type of idiopathic scoliosis. Early Detection and Monitoring If your child leans consistently to one side, has uneven shoulders, or shows variations in leg length, discuss these concerns with your

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What’s the Difference Between Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum?

“What is the difference between Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum?” – is a question we often get asked, and this blog aims to provide information on Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum, helping you differentiate between them to navigate potential treatment options. The chest wall, a crucial protector of your organs and supporter of respiration, can sometimes develop abnormalities in the ribs and breastbone, leading to chest wall deformities. Among the most prevalent of these conditions are Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum. It’s important to note that while they may seem isolating, these conditions are actually quite common. They share some similarities, but each has its own unique characteristics and treatment approaches. Pectus Carinatum: When the Chest Protrudes Often referred to as “pigeon chest,” Pectus Carinatum is a chest wall deformity characterised by an outward protrusion of the breastbone and the lower ribs. This creates a visible, often asymmetrical, bulge on

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Understanding Early Onset Scoliosis: A Comprehensive Guide

Early-onset Scoliosis (EOS) is a medical condition affecting young children characterised by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. While not as common as Scoliosis diagnosed in adolescents, EOS requires prompt and effective management to prevent complications. This guide covers the various aspects of EOS – its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and potential treatment options. What is Early Onset Scoliosis? Defining EOS Unlike Scoliosis, typically diagnosed between 10 and 18, EOS (Early-onset Scoliosis) refers to curvatures identified at a much younger age. It’s further categorised based on the age of diagnosis: Congenital Scoliosis: Present at birth or shortly after. Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis: Diagnosed before age 3. Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis: Diagnosed between ages 4 and 9. Although it’s often detected as an adolescent, it may start its origin in a much younger child. Understanding Severity of OES The severity of Scoliosis is measured by the degree of the spinal curve. Here’s a

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What is Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS)?

A frequently asked question is, “What is early onset scoliosis (EOS)?” Scoliosis, a lateral (side) curvature of the spine, is often referred to based on your child’s age when scoliosis is diagnosed. Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) refers to spine curvature present before ten years of age, and early onset scoliosis includes: Congenital scoliosis – diagnosed at birth/shortly after birth Infantile idiopathic scoliosis – diagnosed under age five Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis – diagnosed between ages 6 – 9 The Nature of Early Onset Scoliosis EOS is characterised by the abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine in young children. This curvature can vary in degree and form. Unlike scoliosis in older children and teenagers, EOS can have more profound effects on a child’s growth and development due to the spine’s continuous development during these early years. The curvature can progress rapidly, potentially leading to complications.  Causes of EOS The causes of Early

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Supporting Children with Pigeon Chest

Treatment Options For Pectus Carinatum

“Mom, look, I have a bump.” This innocent observation from your child may lead you to discover they have Pectus Carinatum, also called “Pigeon Chest.” This chest wall deformity is more than just a physical condition; it can also have emotional implications. So, what can parents do to support and address it? Let’s dive right into understanding pectus carinatum: causes, emotional impact, and treatment options.  What is Pectus Carinatum? Pectus Carinatum, or “Pigeon Chest,” pushes the centre of the chest outward, creating a noticeable ‘bump.’ Although often mild, its impact on a child’s emotional well-being can be significant, particularly during their self-conscious teenage years. The Emotional Impact of Pigeon Chest This ‘bump’ isn’t just about looks; it’s also about how your child feels inside. Visible differences, even benign ones, can lead to unwanted attention or teasing, making children feel self-conscious or unwilling to participate in activities like swimming. Non-Surgical Treatments

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Scoliosis Diagnosis

Comprehensive Guide to Scoliosis Diagnosis and Treatment

Scoliosis is a spinal disorder that causes an abnormal curve in the spine. This curve can be in the form of an “S” or a “C” shape. The severity of scoliosis varies among individuals. The underlying causes, symptoms, and best-suited treatments also differ depending on the patient’s specific condition. Understanding the Anatomy of the Spine Before diving into the intricate details of scoliosis, it’s essential to understand the basic anatomy of the spine. The human spine is composed of small bones called vertebrae, which stack on top of each other. Between these vertebrae are discs that act as cushions. Ligaments and muscles surround and support these structures. Types of Scoliosis Idiopathic Scoliosis This is the most common type. The term “idiopathic” means that the cause is unknown. It’s typically categorised based on the age when the condition manifests: Infantile (0-3 years) Juvenile (4-9 years) Adolescent (10-18 years) Congenital Scoliosis This

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facts about Scoliosis

Choosing the Right Orthotist for Scoliosis Treatment

When it comes to treating scoliosis, choosing the right orthotist for scoliosis treatment can make a significant difference in outcomes. For many scoliosis patients, the most appropriate spine brace plays a pivotal role in managing the condition, especially when the curvature of the spine is mild to moderate, and surgery is avoidable.  The expert behind this non-invasive approach is the orthotist, a specialist skilled in designing, and applying orthoses (back braces). But how do you choose the right orthotist for scoliosis treatment? This blog looks into the key factors to consider when choosing the right orthotist for scoliosis treatment.    Understanding the Role of an Orthotist Before diving into the selection process, it’s crucial to understand what an orthotist does. In the context of scoliosis, orthotists design and customise braces that fit the unique curve of a patient’s spine. The goal is to halt or slow the progression of the

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Correcting Pectus Carinatum with Orthotics: A Comprehensive Insight

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Pectus Carinatum’? It might sound like an arcane phrase from a bygone era, but it refers to a congenital condition where the chest wall protrudes outward. This blog provides some insight into correcting Pectus Carinatum with orthotics.  What are Orthotics? Orthotics, often considered the ideals of medical craftsmanship, are devices that align, support, or correct deformities. Within this realm: Types of Orthotics Used: Not all orthotic devices are alike. Some are malleable, while others stand resolute, each serving a unique purpose. How They’re Made: Creating an orthotic is an art, blending science with the precise tailoring of an individual’s anatomy. The Process of Correcting Pectus Carinatum The Initial Assessment: It begins with an intimate understanding of the individual’s chest structure. Only then can a true transformation commence. Customising the Orthotic Device: Like a maestro crafting a magnum opus, orthotic specialists tailor devices to

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Orthotists

Orthotists: The Skilled Craftsmen Behind Orthotics

Ever wondered about the talented individuals behind the creation of personalised orthotic devices?… introducing orthotists: the skilled craftsmen behind orthotics who work diligently behind the scenes. They design, fabricate, and fit custom orthotics that provide comfort, support, and improved mobility. Orthotists are highly skilled healthcare professionals who specialise in the field of orthotics. Their expertise lies in creating customised devices that offer support, correct alignment, and enhanced function. By employing a unique blend of technical knowledge, creativity, and empathy, orthotists cater to the diverse needs of their patients. They help their patients to regain mobility and improve their overall quality of life. This blog explores the world of orthotists: the skilled craftsmen behind orthotics. Unveiling the Role of an Orthotist: Masters of Mobility Orthotists are integral members of the healthcare team, specialising in orthotics, which involves designing and producing personalised devices. These skilled professionals possess a wealth of technical knowledge,

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