Idiopathic Scoliosis is often categorized by a patient's x-ray evaluation and a number called Cobb's angle. I often hear parents explain their child's situation by simply stating my child has scoliosis.
As a clinician who works with natural methods to reduce and stabilize scoliosis, I often wonder why the medical community creates such a generic approach to educating parents. The diagnosis is scoliosis and the recommendation is either, watching it, bracing it, or fusing it entirely based on a number. There are certain award winning scoliosis treatment programs that may help you with this problem.
There are numerous factors that are involved with not only diagnosing this condition but in actually treating it.
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The first piece of information that is relevant to understanding this condition is a person's age at diagnosis and currently. Age is a crucial factor in determining progressive risks and options available to aid in understanding their condition.
For instance, Scoliscore is a wonderful genetic test that is simple to perform and gives the clinician and parents insight into the future, especially if the spinal curvature is currently less than 30 degrees, but it is only available if the patient is at least 9 but not yet skeletally mature.
If this test is available and your child is within testable parameters, then get the test. If 75% of kids tested with Scoliscore are in a mild range of genetic risk and your child is in this group, then you can quickly rule out a rigid brace as the brace is designed to halt the progression and avoid surgery.