As with virtually any other illness, the sooner scoliosis is identified in children, the better the odds are of treating it. Because the spine becomes more rigid as a person ages, an early diagnosis allows greater control, or it may even reverse the scoliosis effects. In young patients, however, scoliosis may go unnoticed, which means the condition is not detected until the child has reached adolescence, which is typically when the curve associated with scoliosis becomes more prominent.
Thankfully, there are several signs and symptoms parents and adults can be aware of that may help identify scoliosis in a child, therefore allowing easier management. One of these is taking a look at the family history. If there is a member of the family that has suffered from scoliosis there is a chance the child may also have it. Hence, the parent should pay extra close attention.
Other signs to look out for are clothing. If clothing such as shirts appear to fit evenly or the neckline seems like it’s off-center, these may be a scoliosis indicator, alongside symptoms such as a posture that is uneven. Unexplained or persistent back pain, the child feeling unusually fatigued after standing or sitting, these are additional symptoms that may indicate scoliosis.
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