Reports of back pain in children is relatively common. Back pain or back ache can be caused by a number things. It is important however to assess the root cause of this problem. One thing it could be related to, is a possible scoliosis. Scoliosis in children is relatively common.Scoliosis occurs in approximately 3 out of every 100 people. For the majority of children, it’s not much of a problem.
Does your child have?
- Uneven shoulders
- Have one hip more raised than the other
- Do they lean to one side
- Do their ribs look asymmetrical
Scoliosis: What does it mean?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine, it can be described as a ‘C’ or ‘S’ shape. Usually a scoliosis is diagnosed in early childhood or early adolescence.
What causes Scoliosis?
There are two types of Scoliosis:
Idiopathic: Which is the most common type of scoliosis. It means that there is no underlying cause.
Congenital/Neuromuscular: Which iscaused or related to a neurological condition.
Scoliosis affects both boys and girls equally. However, in girls they are x8 times more likely to require surgical or bracing interventions.
Early diagnosis is key and treatment helps to prevent any further progression.In around 90% of cases, no surgical or bracing intervention treatment is required because the spine corrects itself as the child grows.It is important however that strength and mobility is maintained within the spine during this process.
How can we help?
Here at the Physio Hub we aim to address the key issues:
- Find the Root Cause
- Assess the effect of Gravity
- Maintain Flexibility
- Increase Strength
As previously mentioned, many children with a scoliosis don’t have any symptoms. If there any other symptoms that your child presents with related to back pain, it is important to rule out any other causes.
If you have any queries regarding scoliosis or any concerns regarding your child’s back in general,then please don’t hesitate to contact us.