How to Check for Scoliosis in your Child
Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: June 11, 2014
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves unnaturally. It is particularly prevalent in children and young adults. Most children who develop scoliosis do not even notice any of their symptoms until the spine is severely curved. However, if you know what to look for, it is much easier to identify scoliosis. The following are a few warning signs of scoliosis to look out for in your child. If you witness any of these signs in your young one, make an appointment with your doctor to diagnose and treat the scoliosis.
Hips & Shoulders
Patients who develop scoliosis begin to change their posture and move in odd ways due to the unnatural position of the spine. These patients may stand or walk with one hip higher than the other, or with their shoulders at uneven levels.
Head & Ribs
An intensely curved spine can also cause the ribs to jut out abnormally or become uneven (one side higher than the other). In severe cases, sometimes this can even lead to respiratory issues when the ribs intrude on the lungs and surrounding structures. If your child complains of difficulty breathing in conjunction with an abnormal looking rib cage, this could be a sign of scoliosis.
Pain, Decreased Mobility, & Ill-fitting Clothes
Scoliosis can also lead to pain and a lack of mobility in your child. If you notice your child complaining of back or neck pain, or if they are less active than they once were, these can also be warning signs of scoliosis. A curved spine can also make a child’s clothes appear ill-fitting.
If you suspect your child might have scoliosis, make an appointment with a doctor right away. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the easier and quicker it can be treated. If you are interested in more information on adult scoliosis, visit our page on the topic.