Scoliosis is an
excessive backwards or sideways curvature of the spine.
What to look for
the entire body seems to
tilt to one side.
the shoulders, hips and
legs appear uneven.
from the front the ribs
appear more prominent.
Scoliosis is a progressive
sideways curvature of the spine. People with scoliosis have an S bend curve to their
This is not usually a
painful condition but it can cause problems later on if not treated such as - arthritis,
disk and other back problems. In severe cases the heart and lungs are affected.
it is not known exactly
what causes this condition but genetics may play a part according to researchers. Children
who have suffered from diseases of the muscles, bones, or nervous system, such as polio or
cerebral palsy, may also develop scoliosis.
The standard treatments for
scoliosis are exercise, orthopaedic bracing, and in severe cases, surgery. It is important
for treatment to begin early.
Only conventional medical
treatment seems to help these patients at this stage. It is vital that your child wear the
brace as instructed in order for the treatment to be successful. It may be hard for them,
and they will need your support and the support of other family members and friends. Help
your child adhere to exercise programs written by your physical therapist or doctor in
order to keep their muscles toned and supple.
When to seek further