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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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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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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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Why Early Detection With Scoliosis is Key

Understanding Scoliosis Scoliosis is a medical condition that affects the development of the spine. While it can affect people of all ages, it typically occurs in children and adolescents during periods of growth.  In some cases, scoliosis is mild and requires no treatment, but it can cause significant discomfort in more severe cases. That’s why early detection of scoliosis is crucial in managing the condition and preventing it from worsening. Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis The signs and symptoms of scoliosis can vary depending on the severity of the curvature of the spine. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include: Uneven shoulder height Uneven waistline One hip higher than the other Back pain or stiffness Difficulty breathing The Importance of Early Detection Early detection of scoliosis is crucial for several reasons:  Firstly, early detection allows for prompt intervention, which can help prevent the curvature of the spine from

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Scoliosis Awareness Month: Understanding and Managing Scoliosis

Scoliosis Awareness Month is observed annually in June to raise awareness about the prevalence of scoliosis in the community and the need for public education and early detection. Its goal is to unite the community and increase awareness about this condition affecting millions worldwide. What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a common spinal condition that typically affects children between 10 and 12 and is about five times more common in girls than boys. It is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine, causing it to curve sideways into the shape of an “S” or “C”.  Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type, typically developing during the growth spurt just before puberty. In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. “Idiopathic” means no definite cause, and it tends to run in families and affects girls eight times as often as boys. Here are three facts about scoliosis:  the cause is

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The Importance of Correcting the Coronal Balance in Scoliosis Treatment

When it comes to conservative scoliosis management, the goals are to retard or prevent the progression of Scoliosis and to get as much correction as possible in all three aspects of the 3D deformity: frontal (coronal), lateral (sagittal) spine, and trunk rotation (transverse plane). However, it is crucial not to overlook the importance of correcting the coronal balance in scoliosis treatment as well, as it can be a predictor of scoliosis progression after treatment. Statistics show that idiopathic Scoliosis can progress by 1 to 2 degrees per year after treatment. One of the most significant factors affecting this is the relationship between the head-over-pelvis balance of alignment.  The coronal balance measures how far out of balance the head is in relation to the pelvis during, but more importantly, at the end of the treatment, when the patient has reached skeletal maturity. The asymmetrical growth and development of the vertebrae, being

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What Should Your Child Wear Underneath Their Scoliosis Back Brace?

A question that often arises from parents of children with Scoliosis is what should your child wear underneath their scoliosis back brace? As a parent of a child with scoliosis, you want to ensure your child is comfortable while wearing their back brace. Here are some tips to help you choose suitable clothing for your child. 1. Choose breathable fabrics Choosing clothing made from breathable fabrics such as cotton or moisture-wicking material is important. These fabrics will help to keep your child cool and dry while wearing the brace, which can help to prevent skin irritation and discomfort. 2. Avoid bulky clothing Avoid clothing that is too bulky or has a lot of seams, as this can cause pressure points and discomfort under the brace. Clothing that is too tight can also cause skin irritation, so make sure to choose clothing that fits well but is not too tight. 3.

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