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Adolescent Scoliosis

Adolescent scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways during growth spurts.

How It Develops

Scoliosis typically develops without a known cause, referred to as idiopathic scoliosis. However, it can also result from neuromuscular conditions, congenital spinal deformities, or genetic factors. Early detection is crucial to managing the curvature effectively.

Common Symptoms of Adolescent Scoliosis

  • Uneven shoulders or waist
  • One shoulder blade more prominent than the other
  • Uneven hips
  • Visible curve in the spine
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue after prolonged sitting or standing

Who It Affects

Adolescent scoliosis primarily affects children during their pre-teen and teenage years. It is more common in girls than boys, and the likelihood of progression increases significantly during periods of rapid growth.

Impact on Daily Life

Scoliosis can impact a child’s physical appearance and self-esteem. It can also cause discomfort and pain, affecting daily activities and participation in sports. Severe cases can lead to more significant health issues, such as respiratory problems due to reduced space in the chest for the lungs and heart.

Risks of Untreated Scoliosis

If left untreated, scoliosis can progress and lead to severe spinal deformities. This progression can cause chronic pain, limited mobility, and significant health complications. Early intervention and treatment are essential to prevent these risks and ensure a better quality of life.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suspect your child has scoliosis, early intervention is key. Schedule an appointment with our expert spine surgeons to ensure your child receives the best care.

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