Scoliosis is a condition of the spine and is defined as an abnormal lateral (side to side) curve measuring 10 degrees or more on a standing x-ray using the Cobb’s angle method. Bracing is currently chosen as the non-surgical treatment for scoliosis. This method is chosen to prevent the curve from progressing as the spine continues to grow.
Each case of scoliosis is unique and we need to understand that congenital scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis and idiopathic scoliosis in children and adolescents all respond and develop differently. So when it comes to using bracing as an option for treatment you will need to consult with an experienced scoliosis practitioner who can assist and help you understand the process and the potential outcomes of treatment. There are different types of braces that can be used at different stages and with different types of scoliosis depending on how the patient presents.
Signs & symptoms:
- Shoulders that are different heights.
- One shoulder blade which is more prominent than the other.
- The head which is not centred directly above the pelvis.
- The appearance of a raised, prominent hip.
- The rib cage appears to be different heights.
- An uneven waist.
- Leaning of entire body to one side.
- In adults pain is usually the indicator for further investigation
If you have picked up any of these signs or symptoms and have not yet had a medical consultation, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
All children ages 10-11 years and older are encouraged to be screened for scoliosis. The earlier the condition is picked up the better the condition is managed. Dubal-Beaupere found an intimate relation between the velocity of growth of the upper body and the progression of a scoliosis curve. It is incredibly important to seek treatment as early as possible, to start managing the condition for a better outcome. Even if the symptoms are noticed in late adolescence or adulthood, early treatment is advised.