Almost every parent of a child who is diagnosed with scoliosis utters similar words. It’s a common scenario – a parent unfamiliar with what scoliosis is, how to notice the warning signs in their children, or what to do about it if they do notice something. The fact is, scoliosis is not on people’s radars until it’s too late.
Latest scoliosis research shows:
The prevalence in the at-risk population (children 10 to 15 years of age) is estimated at 2 to 3%.
The prevalence of scoliosis increases rapidly from 11 to 14 years of age.
High rates of scoliosis are observed amongst dancers and gymnasts. Research has shown adolescent dancers are at significantly higher risk of developing scoliosis than non-dancers of the same age.
Early detection delivers more favourable prognoses.
That spinal pain is in fact a prevalent condition in AIS patients, further supporting the need for early detection and screening to minimise potential pain and suffering.
Specialised scoliosis bracing when prescribed for high-risk patients, can prevent the need for surgery in most cases.
Scoliosis may be going undetected in children and adolescents in your local area, some of which you may already know. The time to screen our children and adolescents in the at risk age groups, is now.
As a chiropractor, you are well placed to recognise the early indicators of a possible scoliosis and you can also help parents by telling them to be aware of:
One more prominent shoulder blade
Uneven waist line
A noticeable curve in the spine
A family history of scoliosis
Our chiropractors put diagnosis on the basis of medical history and physical examination, and we can refer for MRI, CT or X-Ray should it be needed. The diagnosis is the basis for treatment and totally dependent on the underlying cause. Treatment may consist of, among other joint corrections, muscular therapy and ergonomic advice. To avoid recurrence the chiropractor will provide training exercises; training in the correct use of muscles and proper posture will in most cases have a preventive effect.