Adolescent Scoliosis

What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is a 3D deformity of the spine often detected in early adolescence as the child starts their major growth spurt. (from around 10 years old). It occurs in approximately 3% of the general population and is more common in girls. The term ‘idiopathic’eans that no one specific cause has been identified, although there are many theories as to why the spine starts to bend and deform.

It is often difficult to detect the presence of these abnormal curves under clothing but some of the tell-tale signs are:

  • One shoulder that is higher than the other
  • An asymmetrical waist
  • one hip that is higher than the other, or
  • Parents just notice that something is ‘odd’ about their child’s posture.

The problem is that by this stage the curve can already be advanced and large in magnitude.

If your child has been diagnosed with Scoliosis it is important to remember that there are a number of treatment options available. Early intervention is the key to successful outcomes. Each case is different and requires expert assessment and the right treatment.

Want to know if your child is receiving the right advice regarding their Scoliosis or perhaps you are concerned your child might have Scoliosis?