There are three types of pediatric scoliosis: Infantile scoliosis usually affects children age 3 and younger, juvenile scoliosis is seen in children 4 to 10, and adolescent scoliosis afflicts children 11 to 18. For some inexplicable reason, girls are more prone to scoliosis in adolescence than boys.
Dr. Richard Hostin and Dr. Shyam Krishan have been treating child and adolescent scoliosis for more than 10 years. There are a small number of doctors who specialize in scoliosis surgeries in the United States.
“What’s unusual at the Southwest Scoliosis Institute is that we treat both children and adults,” explains Dr. Hostin. “What we provide here is a continuum of care, and our commitment really is to be able to care for you throughout your life.”
The majority of children identified as having scoliosis may not need complex treatments, but they do need to be evaluated. Most often, we can assure parents that either we need to observe their child in four to six months, or their child’s risk is so low that they don’t need to come back. In the event the child does need treatment, we will discuss with parents the options available.
School scoliosis screening programs are often helpful in catching problems early so, if necessary, braces can be used effectively. However, once adulthood is reached, there is little evidence that wearing a brace halts the progression of a curvature.
Many individuals do not require surgery to correct their condition. Pediatric patients in particular need to be observed closely before and during their adolescent growth spurt to identify curves that are progressing rapidly and those that remain stable over time.
For large curves in skeletally immature children or curves that have worsened in a child who is still growing, we commonly recommend braces. In many cases, a brace can reduce the chance of a childhood curvature progressing to the point of requiring surgery.
While physical therapy is not shown to alter the rate of curvature progression in either adult or pediatric patients, strengthening and conditioning exercise programs often help improve back pain.
More often than not, scoliosis can be addressed with a brace, but in cases where scoliosis patients experience an increase in curvature and are in pain, surgery may be needed. Scoliosis surgeries are complex with multistep procedures. For pediatric scoliosis patients, these procedures usually take between two and three hours. Should your child need surgery to correct his or her scoliosis, Southwest Scoliosis Institute can accommodate your child’s needs. Our expert surgeons and caregivers at Southwest Scoliosis Institute will provide you with the care and attention your child deserves.
If your child is suffering from scoliosis, call Southwest Scoliosis Institute for an examination today at 972-985-2797.