Scoliosis in Teens
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis affects 3% of all teens, and is diagnosed between the ages of 11-18 years old, and the progression can be accelerated by the pre-pubertal growth spurt. As the teen’s skeleton is still growing, there is a higher risk of progression during this growth phase 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 shoulder blade that appears to stick out
- uneven waist or hips
- a ‘bump’ on the back when the child bends forward
If you suspect your teen 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.