Scoliosis is the medical term that describes the abnormal twisting and curvature of the spine. It occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. It affects around three to four children in very 1,000 in the UK and is most typically seen in children between the ages of 10 and 15. It is also more common amongst females than males.
In 8 out of 10 cases there is no known cause; this is known as idiopathic scoliosis. The majority of the rest of cases are caused by medical conditions: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Marfans syndrome.
Scoliosis may first be noticed by a change in the appearance of a child’s back. Visual symptoms can include:
- A visibly curved spine
- One shoulder higher than another
- A difference in leg length
- A prominent rib cage
- One shoulder or hip being more prominent than the other
To establish the severity of the condition we use a state-of-the-art DIERS spinal scanner which provides us with a fast, contactless and radiation-free measurement of the back’s surface and spine.
Mild cases may self- correct as a child grows, though we may also recommend wearing ‘dynamic’ lycra garments which are designed to apply a global compression to the area of the body over which it is worn. In moderate or severe cases, where the child is still growing, a brace may be recommended to prevent the spine from curving further as a child continues to grow.
For bracing of moderate to severe cases visit our Gensingen brace and Schroth method pages.
Further Information & Support
Visit our scoliosis section for further information about our non-surgical Scoliosis treatment
The Scoliosis Association (UK) is a patient support organisation for people with scoliosis and their families.