Dealing With Childhood Scoliosis

The C- or S-shaped curve of the spine that characterizes scoliosis can appear at any stage of life, but it’s most common in children ages 10-14. These years can be challenging enough on their own, so taking whatever steps you can to manage your child’s condition is important to help them thrive.

If your child has scoliosis, the health specialists at Space City Pain Specialists can treat your child and get them on the path to recovery.

Scoliosis treatment

In milder cases, treating scoliosis may involve corrective exercises or physical therapy to improve your child’s muscle tone and spinal health. For moderate cases, your child may need a back brace to help keep the curvature from worsening. For severe cases, your child may need surgery. Some procedures may include fusing spinal bones or implanting a metal rod to straighten their back.

Undergoing treatment may be challenging for your child. In order to help them, consider doing the following:

Scoliosis and emotions

Your child’s emotional health is just as important as their physical well-being. And while spine changes can be the most obvious signs of the condition, scoliosis can impact your child’s emotions. Even mild symptoms can lower your child’s self-esteem and cause or contribute to more severe issues, such as depression. 

Provide emotional support to your child by taking time to talk and listen to them. Offer encouraging words and help them find ways to pursue their interests. It may also be helpful to get your child involved in online or in-person support groups. If their emotional symptoms seem moderate to severe, talk to your doctor. 

Scoliosis treatment benefits

Effective treatment for childhood scoliosis can provide a broad range of benefits. Treatment can straighten their back, even up their shoulders, and reduce back and neck pain. Treatment can also help them develop their ability to navigate life’s challenges and give them a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, some symptoms may persist to some degree, so long-term support is important. The earlier treatment starts, the better. If your child has scoliosis or you suspect they do, book an appointment online or over the phone with Space City Pain Specialists today.

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