How Do I Know My Child has Scoliosis?

How do I know my child has Scoliosis?


Scoliosis often time goes undetected until the child undergoes a rapid growth phase during their adolescent years. According to the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), early detection of scoliosis may reduce the risk of curve progression to a point where surgery is indicated. Additionally, clinical trials of patients with mild scoliosis of 10-20 degrees undergoing physiotherapy scoliosis specific exercises (PSSE) such as the Schroth method have shown to prevent progression to the level of deformity needing brace treatments.


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Although, in the USA the current standard of care for scoliosis is to sit and wait, SRS and SOSORT advocate screening for early detection and conservative management of scoliosis via physiotherapy scoliosis-specific exercises such as the Schroth method.  

Dr. Niki Varveris, PT, DPT, MSPT, MBA, CKTP

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