Regular checkups to detect scoliosis Regular checkups to detect scoliosis

Regular checkups to detect scoliosis

Keep in mind 4 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.


Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, (dorsal spine), in which the ribs or hips protrude more on one side than on the other.

While the effects of this condition become more evident in adolescence, it can begin in early childhood. Despite it being highly hereditary, in most cases, its exact cause is unknown.

In order to determine whether a child has scoliosis, the webpage Family Doctor recommends children get regular checkups to determine if they have a curve in their spine or one shoulder that is lower than the other. If abnormalities are detected, a specialist should be seen.

While this condition generally does not require treatment, orthopedic devices are sometimes recommended. When these devices cannot successfully prevent the spine from curving, a surgical intervention may be necessary to strengthen this area of the body or a rod may need to be placed there to help straighten it.

Other types of scoliosis include:

Congenital scoliosis: Is present at birth. It occurs when the baby’s ribs or vertebrae are not formed properly.

Neuromuscular scoliosis: Caused by a problem in the nervous system that affects the muscles, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.

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