Why It's So Important to Catch Scoliosis Early

Going through puberty can be hard enough for kids. Young people face growing social pressures at every turn, raging hormones, and an increasingly urgent need to gain more independence in their lives. Unfortunately, the preteen years are also when scoliosis can become a problem.

Fortunately, families in the Dallas-Fort Worth of Texas can rely on the expertise of our team at Arlington Pain & Therapy for early detection and treatment of scoliosis. With our whole-body approach to care, you can find the most advanced treatment available for scoliosis in adults and children. 

Keep reading to learn why it’s so important to catch scoliosis early, even if immediate treatment may not be necessary. 

Scoliosis is a common problem

When you have scoliosis, you have an abnormal curve in your spine. This typically develops right before puberty when children experience a growth spurt. For many, this curvature first occurs between the ages of 10-15 years old. One in 25 children develops scoliosis, with girls affected more often than boys. 

Most cases of adolescent scoliosis are idiopathic, which means there’s no identifiable underlying cause of the condition. And, mild cases of scoliosis usually don’t negatively impact your overall health or interfere with your ability to engage in physical activities. 

But, severe cases of spinal curvature can eventually reduce heart or lung function and increase the risk of arthritis. It may also hurt a teenager’s self-esteem.

Early detection is key, even if you don’t need immediate treatment

We use screenings, X-rays, and other digital imaging techniques to detect scoliosis so that we can monitor your child’s spine as they continue growing. This enables us to intervene as soon as we notice their condition progressing. 

In many cases, early scoliosis detection means watching and waiting to see how the spine grows. That way, if your child has any pain or discomfort, we can address before it becomes debilitating or chronic. 

Since we take the most conservative approach to scoliosis treatment, we may start by monitoring your child’s condition before prescribing a brace. Braces reduce pressure on your child’s lower back, preventing a progressive spinal curvature from developing. 

When we can treat scoliosis in its early stages, we can reduce the curvature in the long run. This approach can help to avoid health complications and more invasive treatment solutions. Exercises and specific stretches may also be part of our early scoliosis treatment plan. 

Recognizing the signs can help avoid problems in the future

By detecting and treating scoliosis in adolescence, you can set your teenager up to have a healthier back in adulthood. That’s because early treatment leads to less chronic back pain later in life and increases their chances of being able to have an active lifestyle. 

Here are the signs to watch for that could indicate scoliosis: 

Scoliosis can also create a visible C- or S-curve of the vertebrae.

Adults can get scoliosis too 

When scoliosis develops in adults, it’s often due to degenerative conditions in the spine or untreated childhood scoliosis. In many cases, back pain is the first sign of adult scoliosis because, as the spine starts to curve more, it puts pressure on nearby nerves. When this happens, it’s also common to feel numbness or weakness in the affected area. 

Other signs of scoliosis in adults include:

If you suspect someone in your family has scoliosis, don’t wait to contact our office. We can help confirm a diagnosis and explain your treatment options, if necessary. 

Contact us today by calling one of our convenient locations in Mansfield or Arlington, Texas, or by scheduling a consultation online today. 

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