The sooner you detect scoliosis in your child, the quicker and easier the treatment is to correct it. Vejthani Hospital provides effective scoliosis treatment. But it’s up to you as a parent to keep an eye on your pre-pubescent child and decide whether he needs treatment for the condition.
Scoliosis affects about 3% of adolescents. It’s a spinal condition that most notably affects the posture. It can be disabling if left untreated and can affect the inner organs and the person’s ability to function normally.
Know the Symptoms of Scoliosis
As a parent, you should familiarize yourself with the symptoms of scoliosis and keep a particularly close eye on your child when they’re about to reach the age of puberty. This is when scoliosis is most likely to appear.
The main symptoms of scoliosis are:
- One shoulder blade sticks out more than the other
- One hip is higher than the other
- The child has an uneven waist or shoulders
Some cases of scoliosis can clear up on their own, and some milder cases can be treated with the wearing of a brace. Wearing a brace will not heal the damage already incurred by the condition. It will just stop any more curvature of the spine from occurring.
However, if you notice any of these symptoms in your child, the condition may already have reached an advanced state, and you should make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.
While scoliosis surgery is regarded as a very effective treatment for the condition, most doctors regard it as the last choice of options as it is invasive.
The fact that many cases of scoliosis heal themselves on their own provides even more reasons to take a close monitoring and measuring approach rather than scheduling immediate surgery.
The doctor will take some baseline measurements, then keep seeing the child to measure whether the condition increases or decreases.
Advances in Scoliosis Surgery
If scoliosis continues to advance, the best course of action is surgery. There is a new surgical procedure for correcting scoliosis that doesn’t call for fusing the spinal vertebrae in children.
The procedure is called Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering (AVBT). The spine and body are not prevented from continuing to grow in this new procedure. The surgeon uses a strong but flexible polymer cable to adjust the curves of the spine to take a more natural path as it grows. This procedure also causes less trauma to the tissue on the back, resulting in a faster recovery time.
Growing systems surgery is used in still-growing children with severe scoliosis symptoms. This system used anchor rods attached to the spinal column. Every six to twelve months, the rods are lengthened to account for the growth of the spinal column until a normal curvature is achieved.
Vejthani Hospital’s Scoliosis Treatment Success
Vejthani Hospital has a long record of success in treating childhood scoliosis. If you feel that your child may be exhibiting some of the early symptoms of scoliosis, please make an appointment with a doctor at Vejthani Hospital.