Children and Scoliosis
Child scoliosis has three categories determined by age factors: infantile scoliosis, juvenile scoliosis and adolescent scoliosis. Infantile contains only 1% of all cases of idiopathic scoliosis. Juvenile is characterized as the first diagnosis between the ages of 4 to 9 and comprises approximately 10% to 15% of all child idiopathic scoliosis. Adolescent scoliosis is ages 10-18 and is currently the most common orthopedic disease in children comprising of approximately 80% of cases. This type of spinal curvature takes place around puberty and is the most severe form that leads to advancing curvature and rotation of the spinal vertebrae. It is crucial to intervene in child scoliosis if he or she is aged 12 and under, and curvature of more than 20° or first-degree family history.
The classification of adult scoliosis is determined is if the patient is over 18 years of age and has passed puberty. This may occur as a continuation of the disease from a child to an adult or adult degenerative scoliosis (De Novo), and usually associated with pain and neurological disorders resulting from compression of the spinal column and nerve roots. Adult scoliosis tends progress at a rate of 1 to 4° per year in adults with a Cobb angle of 30° and over. There are many causes of adult scoliosis: osteoporosis, neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy, spinal degeneration, injuries causing damage of the spinal column.
Is there a Scoliosis Cure?
No complete cure has been found, but there has been major advancements and break through in the way the disease is treated and managed through non-surgery and surgical procedures. Some treatment options include: SpineCor brace (soft brace), chiropractic care, physical therapy, exercise and more. Even with no cure many scoliosis patients live a relatively pain free and normal life with proper treatment of their disease.