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.


What causes scoliosis in teenagers?


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How is Schroth Physiotherapy used in treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis?

Before your appointment

If you have X-Ray images, be sure to let us know as this will help your Physiotherapist design your treatment plan.

If you or your child already have a brace, physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are recommended to maintain postural muscle strength, and to retain as much correction as possible when brace wear ends.

A referral to a spine surgeon and/or bracing can be discussed at the initial assessment.

Please bring:

  • X-ray images either digitally or on disc if available
    (Depending on the facility, we may be able to request them directly. Some facilities require that you pick up your images, and may charge a fee. We can discuss options during the booking of your initial appointment)
  • Any relevant reports
  • Sports bra / tank top, shorts or leggings

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