Juvenile Scoliosis

Juvenile Scoliosis

Juvenile scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that typically develops between the ages of 4 and 10, affecting children as they grow. This condition requires prompt attention and specialized care to prevent progression and minimize long-term effects.

At Scoliosis Center of Utah, we specialize in diagnosing and treating juvenile scoliosis, offering advanced solutions like the ScoliBrace to provide effective results.

What is Juvenile Scoliosis?

Juvenile scoliosis is a spinal deformity characterized by an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine in children between the ages of 4 and 10. Unlike adolescent scoliosis, which usually develops during puberty, juvenile scoliosis occurs earlier in childhood and can progress rapidly as the child grows. Early detection and intervention are crucial to managing juvenile scoliosis effectively.

Causes of Juvenile Scoliosis

The exact cause of juvenile scoliosis is often unknown, although several factors may contribute to its development, including:

  1. Congenital abnormalities in the spine
  2. Neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  3. Genetic predisposition
  4. Idiopathic factors

Symptoms of Juvenile Scoliosis

Identifying juvenile scoliosis early can be challenging since children may not experience pain or discomfort in the early stages. However, parents and caregivers should watch for the following signs:

  1. Uneven shoulder or hip alignment
  2. Asymmetrical waistline
  3. Prominence of ribs on one side of the body
  4. Tilting of the head to one side
  5. Difficulty breathing in severe cases

Diagnosing Juvenile Scoliosis

Diagnosing juvenile scoliosis typically involves a thorough physical examination by a chiropractor, pediatrician, or orthopedic specialist. Additional imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs may be necessary to assess the severity and progression of the curvature.

Treatment Options

At Scoliosis Center of Utah, our treatment approach for juvenile scoliosis depends on various factors, including the child’s age, the severity of the curvature, and the potential for progression. Most juveniles and children qualify for scoliosis bracing using our 3D custom brace called the ScoliBrace. It is intended to not only stabilize the scoliotic curve, but more importantly correct the condition.

Most juvenile scoliosis patients have seen a substantial improvement in their curves, including noticeable decrease in pain, discomfort, and self-esteem. In rare cases, we may suggest surgery if we deem the curvature to be too intense, or the patient doesn’t see any improvements in the first few months of care.

Why Choose Scoliosis Center of Utah for Juvenile Scoliosis Bracing?

At Scoliosis Center of Utah, we understand the unique challenges associated with treating juvenile scoliosis. Our team of chiropractors, physical therapists, and scoliosis bracing specialists work together to provide personalized care tailored to each child’s specific needs. We prioritize early intervention, utilizing advanced technologies like the ScoliBrace to achieve the best possible outcomes for our young patients.

Juvenile scoliosis is a complex condition that requires specialized care and attention. Early detection and intervention are essential for managing the condition effectively and preventing progression as the child grows. At Scoliosis Center of Utah, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment options for juvenile scoliosis, including the use of innovative solutions like the ScoliBrace. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help your child achieve optimal spinal health.

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Types of Scoliosis

Infant Scoliosis

Infantile Scoliosis

Infantile scoliosis is rare, affecting children younger than 3 years of age. It begins to develop in the first 6 months of life. Like other types of scoliosis, it is characterized by an abnormal sideways S or C curve of the spine. Sometimes, It can resolve spontaneously; however, it often progresses to a more severe form of scoliosis. Treatment may involve observation, specific exercises, bracing, and, as a last resort, surgery.

Childhood Scoliosis

Juvenile Scoliosis

Juvenile scoliosis affects children between ages three and nine. It’s characterized by the hallmark abnormal sideways S or C curve of the spine. Girls tend to be more susceptible to the condition than boys, and curves tend to bend more often to the right. Interestingly, curves to the left tend to have a better prognosis.

Children with juvenile scoliosis generally have a high risk of progression. Seven out of 10 children with this condition will require active treatment to mitigate its severity and associated risks. Treatment usually requires bracing, and many cases require some form of surgery. Early detection and proper management are recommended for the best outcome.

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Adolescence Scoliosis

Adolescent scoliosis affects adolescents and young adults. It’s typically diagnosed by puberty and is more easily diagnosed in girls than boys. Children with adolescent scoliosis tend to be generally healthy outside of posture issues.

This condition has a better prognosis than juvenile scoliosis, but can still progress to a significant deformity if not detected early and properly managed. It is not uncommon for untreated cases of adolescent to escalate into chronic back pain and mobility issues.

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Adult Scoliosis

There are two types of adult scoliosis: Pre-existing, untreated adolescent scoliosis (Adolescent Scoliosis in Adults, or ASA), and the development of scoliosis as a result of spinal degeneration (Degenerative De-Novo Scoliosis or DDS).

Adults with ASA may have a previously diagnosed form of adolescent scoliosis. ASA may be progressive or stable, depending on the individual case. With a previous diagnosis, monitoring progression is easy through the comparison of current X-rays and adolescent X-rays. In situations where scoliosis is discovered in adulthood, determining a pre-existing adolescent condition can be difficult.

DDS usually develops in middle-aged and older adults, typically diagnosed around age 45 or older. Because DDS results from degenerative instability, it’s almost always progressive. The most common symptom is chronic lower back pain. Treatment for Adults may involve, bracing, specific exercises, and chiropractic adjustments.

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Elderly Scoliosis

Approximately two-thirds of the elderly population experience scoliosis, with pain often accompanying this condition in older patients. Adult Scoliosis, also known as Adult-Onset Scoliosis, differs from Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. It manifests as a degenerative curvature of the spine, primarily due to the degeneration of spinal joints.

Typically emerging in individuals over the age of 65, this type of scoliosis affects a larger portion of the spine, extending to the neck region. Usually presenting as a C-shaped curve in the lumbar spine, it is often linked to spinal degeneration, medically termed Spondylosis. Factors contributing to this condition include the weakening of spinal ligaments and soft tissues, alongside the development of bone spurs, resulting in abnormal spinal curvature.

Additionally, osteoporosis, vertebral compression fractures, and disc degeneration can exacerbate adult-onset scoliosis. Spinal tumors, such as osteoid osteoma, also represent potential culprits, inducing pain and prompting individuals to lean to one side to alleviate pressure, thereby contributing to spinal deformity. Degenerative scoliosis stands as the predominant form of scoliosis observed in adult populations.

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