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4 Facts every parent should know about Scoliosis

In this blog we cover 4 facts every parent should know Scoliosis, a common spine condition often found in children and adolescents. Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve sideways. While many scoliosis types have a known cause (such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, or birth defects), by far the most common type of Scoliosis, known as idiopathic, have no known cause.  Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some curves worsen as children grow. Children with mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve worsens. In some cases, no treatment is necessary. In many cases small idiopathic Scoliosis curves can be managed with Scoliosis-specific physical therapy only (Schroth, SEAS, etc.). However, in some cases some children need to wear a brace to prevent the curve from worsening. For significant Scoliosis cases, surgery may be the only option to straighten severe

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Living with Scoliosis

Not too long ago living with Scoliosis, meant a limited lifestyle: no exercise, no sports, and very little everyday activity. Today’s reality is the polar opposite: living with Scoliosis isn’t limiting at all. What is Scoliosis?   Scoliosis is a common spine condition, and most identified cases are in children between the ages of 10 and 12; and is about five times more common in girls than boys.  Scoliosis, defined as a lateral curvature of the spine, means that the spine curves sideways to one side or the other side – or both. A spine is usually straight when viewed straight on, or from behind. With Scoliosis though, the spine curves to the side in the shape of the letter “S” or “C.” Read more about Scoliosis here. Three facts about Scoliosis:  The cause of Scoliosis is, in most cases, unknown. Early diagnosis is essential. Not all scoliosis patients require treatment.

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How to examine your child for Scoliosis

Are you wondering how to examine your child for Scoliosis? If you have noticed that your child’s spine isn’t as “straight” as it should be, or there is a hunch, you can perform screening techniques at home. Here we give you a quick Scoliosis self-assessment guide to help establish if your child requires seeing a specialist. Download PDF 1.What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis has several causes and is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine in the frontal plane of the body, which means that the spine curves from side-to-side. Normally, the spine is straight, as seen from the front or behind. With scoliosis, the spine curves to the side in the shape of the letter “S” or “C”.  The most common form of Scoliosis is termed ‘IDIOPATHIC’-which literally means ‘of unknown cause or origin’, and may occur in early childhood or adolescence. Scoliosis may occur anywhere in the spine

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My child has scoliosis, now what?

My child has scoliosis, are words no parent wants to hear. Understandably, you have many questions which we hope to answer for you here. You might have recently been dealt some concerning news, you have found out that your child has a spinal deformity – scoliosis or Scheuermann’s disease – and while you are still reeling with the information you are probably wondering…what now?! Understandably, you have many questions to ask and you begin scouring the internet for answers. Although the sea of information is daunting, what is reassuring is that with today’s scientific and technological advances, scoliosis is treatable in most instances. Naturally, like most other medical conditions, the earlier it is detected and treated the better the outcomes. Let’s start by explaining a few things about the spine A normal spine should be completely straight when looking at it from the front or back. When looking at the

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