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Scoliosis in Children

We understand the concerns and challenges parents face when their child is diagnosed with this condition. Our goal is to provide you with valuable information and resources to help your child receive the best possible care and support.

Checking Your Child’s Spine for Abnormal Curvature:

As a parent, it is important to be vigilant and regularly check your child’s spine for any signs of abnormal curvature. While scoliosis may sometimes be visually noticeable, it is essential to perform a proper examination. Always consult with a healthcare professional with experience in scoliosis analysis. Here are some steps to follow:

Visual Inspection: Ask your child to stand straight and observe their back from different angles. Look for any uneven shoulders, hips, or waistline, as well as the presence of a visible curve in the spine.

Forward Bend Test: Ask your child to bend forward at the waist with their arms hanging freely. Observe their back for any asymmetry, humps, or rib prominence. This test can help detect any rotational component of the scoliosis.

If you notice any concerning signs, it is crucial to consult with a pediatric, orthopedic, physical therapy or chiropractic specialist for a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis.

Scoliosis Treatment: Bracing

Bracing is a common non-surgical treatment option for children with varying degrees of scoliosis. The ScoliBrace is a new brace option that has a primary goal of reducing the scoliosis curvature and improving postural imbalances.  At the very least, the ScoliBrace works to prevent further progression of the curvature and give the spine an opportunity to grow as naturally as possible. Here are some key points about bracing:

Other Types of Braces: 

There are different types of braces available, such as the Boston brace, Milwaukee brace, and Charleston bending brace. Each type is designed to apply corrective forces to the spine based on the specific curvature pattern.  These braces focus more on working to prevent further progression of the curvature and unlike the ScoliBrace, are not primarily used to reduce curvature or significantly improve postural imbalances.

Duration of Wear: The duration of brace wear varies depending on the severity of the scoliosis and the stage of the child’s growth. It is typically recommended to wear the brace for around 16-23 hours a day, removing it only for activities such as bathing and sports.

Compliance & Support: It is crucial for both parents and children to understand the importance of brace compliance. Ensuring that your child wears the brace as prescribed and providing emotional support throughout the treatment process can greatly contribute to successful outcomes.

 

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Exercise and Rehabilitation

Exercise and rehabilitation play a significant role in managing scoliosis and supporting your child’s overall well-being. Here are some important aspects to consider:

Physical Therapy: Specially trained physical therapists can develop an exercise program tailored to your child’s specific needs. These exercises focus on strengthening the core muscles, improving posture, increasing flexibility, and enhancing overall body awareness.

Schroth Method: The Schroth method is a specialized exercise program designed to address the three-dimensional nature of scoliosis. It involves specific breathing techniques and customized exercises to improve spinal alignment and muscle balance.

ScoliBalance Method: The ScoliBalance method is a specific approach to scoliosis exercise that aims to improve the balance and alignment of the spine in individuals with scoliosis. Developed by a team of physical therapists and scoliosis specialists, this method focuses on the principles of postural correction, muscle balance, and three-dimensional spinal stabilization.  It aims to take the best of the Schroth Method and combine it with advanced principles in spinal biomechanics and postural correction.

The ScoliBalance method incorporates a combination of exercises, stretches, and breathing techniques to address the unique needs of each individual with scoliosis. The exercises are designed to target specific muscle groups and promote symmetry in the spine, helping to reduce the progression of the curvature and improve overall spinal health.

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Sports and Physical Activities

Encouraging your child to engage in sports and physical activities that are scoliosis-friendly can contribute to their overall health and well-being. Low-impact activities such as swimming, hiking, and yoga can help improve posture, build strength, and increase flexibility.

Discouraging the Observation Approach:
While the observation approach may seem like a passive approach to scoliosis management, it is important to understand why it is discouraged in many cases. Here are some reasons:

Progression Risk: Scoliosis is a progressive condition, especially during periods of rapid growth. Without intervention, the curvature can worsen over time, leading to potential health complications and the need for more invasive treatments.

Psychological Impact: Leaving scoliosis untreated can have a significant psychological impact on children. Body image concerns, self-esteem issues, and social challenges may arise due to visible spinal deformity.

Missed Treatment Opportunities: Early intervention with non-surgical methods, such as bracing and exercise, can significantly reduce the risk of progression and the need for surgical intervention in the future.

By actively engaging in non-surgical treatment approaches, parents can help their children manage scoliosis effectively, promote spinal health, and support their overall development.

At Monmouth Scoliosis Center, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive non-surgical care for children diagnosed with scoliosis. Our team of experts is here to guide you and your child through every step of the treatment journey, ensuring the best possible outcomes for their spinal health. Together, let’s support your child in living a healthy and fulfilling life.