Scoliosis in Children and Teens
Idiopathic Scoliosis affects 3% of all children, and is typically identified when a child is 8-10 years old (Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis), or 12-14 years old (Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis). As the child’s skeleton is still growing, there is a higher risk of progression and therefore it’s more urgent to seek treatment as soon as your child is diagnosed with scoliosis.
Idiopathic Scoliosis may present as:
- uneven shoulders
- a shoulderblade that appears to stick out
- uneven waist or hips
- a ‘bump’ on the back when the child bends forward
If you suspect your child has scoliosis, bring him/her to your family doctor for a proper assessment. Your doctor may request an X-Ray to confirm if a spinal curve is present.
If your child receives a positive diagnosis of scoliosis, it is important to seek conservative treatment early to try to prevent progression of the curve. The ScoliClinic physical therapists can help you navigate the system to determine which treatments are most appropriate for your child.