As a parent, we always dream of having kids who are physically fit and can play all day long. But everyone is not blessed with healthy wards. Many children are born with various kinds of deformities. Few develop at their birth stage, few develop during their early childhood days, and few even develop during their teen years.
One of the most painful deformities which children face is Scoliosis. So, you must be wondering what is Scoliosis and how it affects children.
What is Scoliosis and Facts you should know?
Scoliosis is a disorder in which there is an abnormal curve in the spine. This disorder mostly happens to children and it disrupts the daily activity of a child. In this type of disorder, the spin looks curved from the side but from the front, it looks straight. The curve which makes the spine bend forward is commonly called Kyphosis. Similarly, if the curve is bent towards the back then it is called Lordosis. In Scoliosis, the angle of the curve ranges from 10 to more than 50 degrees. the angle of the curve on the spine determines the severity of the disorder.
Young girls are prone to this disorder more than boys. It is estimated that girls contract this disorder twice the number of times than boys. Scoliosis can be seen at any age, but the most common age when it disorder occurs is after the age of 10.
Now you must be wondering where does this disorder occurs? Well, after a lot of research the exact reason for the cause of Scoliosis is not found out, but experts presume it is more of a hereditary disorder. Therefore, someone who has this type of disorder can expect that his/her children will also get Scoliosis.
Is Scoliosis painful?
All types of Scoliosis are not painful. You may not even know that your ward is suffering from this disorder, because the curving of the spine happens very slowly, and people often miss them. Only when you go for a test or screening of overall health, that time only experts can spot this type of disorder.
But there are a few types of Scoliosis that are painful. Few Scoliosis causes back pain, rib pain, abdominal pain etc.
What is the treatment for Scoliosis?
The treatment of Scoliosis depends on how severe the spine is curved. One can get Scoliosis, treated by 3 ways- Observation, surgery or bracing. Depending on how bad the curve is, the following treatments are decided by the doctor. For people who are suffering from severe Scoliosis, bracing and observation is not at all an apt treatment. For severe cases, surgery is the only option.
The treatment is also determined by examining the physical maturity of the child. But there is no doubt that Pediatric Spine Surgery is one of the best treatments for Scoliosis.
If you suspect that your ward is suffering from Scoliosis, then you should immediately get a check-up done and get it treated before it worsens.