Your child has recently been diagnosed with scoliosis and now you find yourself trying to learn as much as you can on the internet to make intelligent choices.
A recent article in US News & World Report entitled “My Child Has Scoliosis. Now What?” advises not to panic but instead get informed.
Here are the 3 most common recommendations made by conventional medicine to treat your child’s scoliosis and alternatives you may wish to consider:
Watch & Wait – In some cases a mild scoliosis may not worsen so doctors may advise to take a “wait and see” attitude. While that might be good advice if your child’s curve doesn’t progress in the time between X-ray evaluations, there are risks that you should consider. If you child is in the midst of a growth spurt, they are at real risk of substantial and FAST progression of the scoliosis. Also, a scoliosis is most correctable in the early stages. The larger the curve gets the more challenging it becomes to correct, so waiting to start treatment can make it more difficult to improve later down the line. Alternative Treatments in Early Stages – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES5ksx5gwUA
Bracing – The “Standard of Care” in scoliosis treatment remains to brace. The type of brace you choose can make a world of difference. The best brace with the most successful research is the Cheneau Brace. https://scoliosisjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13013-017-0117-z
Scoliosis Surgery – While in most cases scoliosis surgery should only be considered as a last resort, in the US there appears to be an increase in the number of scoliosis cases going to surgery. This appears to be due in a large part to the stopping of standardized scoliosis school screenings. Since children are no longer being routinely evaluated for scoliosis their curves are often going unnoticed until they are much larger and more difficult to correct. Intervention at early stages is the key to success. Monitoring Your Child’s Scoliosis – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I4JH-3aaJc&t=21s