Scoliosis in Teenagers
What causes scoliosis in teenagers?
It’s possible that genetics are the underlying cause. 30% of patients suffering with adolescent scoliosis have a family member with the same condition. The hormonal changes that take place during puberty could also be a contributing factor.
What are the symptoms of teenage scoliosis?A teenager who has scoliosis may display some of the following symptoms:
These symptoms can be distressing at any age, but it’s important to bear in mind that teenagers are particularly susceptible to feelings of low self-esteem and negative self-image as they try to fit in with their peers. We recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible if you suspect your teenager has scoliosis.
Diagnosing scoliosis in teenagersIf your teenager is experiencing with any of the symptoms listed above, then you can check their back using the Adams Forward Bending Test.
If you’re the teenager in question, you won’t be able to perform this test on yourself, so you’ll need to ask a friend or family member to assist you.
- Stand directly behind the patient so you can see their back clearly.
- Look at their shoulders, ribs, waist and hips. Do they look noticeably asymmetrical?
- Next, ask the patient to bend over and touch their toes. Does one side of their rib cage appear more raised than the other?
Treating scoliosis in teenagers
ObservationObservation involves keeping an eye on the curvature without starting any formal treatment. It is likely to be recommended if the patient’s spinal curvature is relatively mild at present.
BracingIf the patient is still growing, doctors may recommend that they wear a scoliosis brace to prevent further curve progression. The most common type of brace is a rigid plastic shell called a ‘Boston brace’ that must usually be worn all day and removed only when showering/bathing.
PhysiotherapyExercise-based therapy can be an effective course of treatment for teenagers with scoliosis, whether they’re in the early or late stages of adolescence. Our ScolioGold treatment programme is a non-invasive option that helps to correct the patient’s spinal curve while reducing pain and improving muscle balance.
SurgerySpinal fusion surgery may be recommended for teenagers with severe cases of scoliosis. During this procedure, the surgeon anchors a series of rods to the spine using tiny hooks and screw. A bone graft is then applied – this eventually fuses with the spine with the aim of preventing further curve progression.
Before & After Treatment
We know that every patient’s symptoms, curvature and desired end goals are different. That’s why we tailor our ScolioGold method to suit you. We even offer flexible course dates so teenagers can be treated around commitments like school and college.
Here are some of the results we’ve been able to achieve for our teenage scoliosis patients:
Case Study: Molly, 16 Years Old
Our treatment programme helped Molly to understand her condition and get it under control. Her school supported her by setting time aside for her to do her scoliosis exercises.
ExperienceMeet The Team
I'm grateful to have found Scoliosis SOS in my search for a treatment option for my back. I'm inspired by your work and dedication to this clinic and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an opportunity for me and everyone else to help their backs non-surgically..."