A Curvy Situation – The Importance of Identifying Scoliosis in Children
Scoliosis is often suspected when a parent, teacher or coach notices something unusual in a child’s form, such as clothes that fit awkwardly or hang unevenly. Many times a parent may notice a sideways curvature in an adolescent’s back while at the pool or beach. Treatment for scoliosis has made significant advances and include both bracing and surgery. Both treatments are more effective and less invasive than in the past. At Good Samaritan, board certified neurosurgeons are trained to treat scoliosis and other spinal deformities in adolescents and adults.
Most scoliosis cases are found to be mild but children often can develop spine deformities that become more severe as they age. This can lead to a disabling condition and create severe issues reducing the amount of space in the chest, leading to issues with the function of the lungs.
What are the signs of scoliosis:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade more prominent than the other
- An uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
“If you notice any signs or symptoms of scoliosis in your child, it is important to visit your doctor,” said Good Samaritan Neurosurgeon Salvatore Zavarella, MD. “Often scoliosis can remain undiagnosed for some time. The earlier it is detected, the less invasive the treatment, often with bracing as an option instead of surgery.”
Learn the facts:
- Scoliosis is a prevalent disease and affects more than 3% of the US population.
- It is the most common spinal deformity
- In the vast majority of cases, scoliosis has no identifiable cause. This is known as an idiopathic scoliosis
- Scoliosis is diagnosis in both males and females, but females are significantly more likely to have scoliosis curves that progress and need either bracing and/or surgery to reduce the curvature.
Good Samaritan Neurosurgeon’s provide scoliosis screenings to the public. To schedule a scoliosis screening at your child’s school or other location, call (631) 376-4444. For more information on Good Samaritan’s neurosurgery experts, visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.