Scoliosis is typically diagnosed in adolescence and usually idiopathic, meaning no known cause. Researchers are working on determining genetic markers and this is the case in a percentage of the adolescent scoliosis population.
The concern with adolescent scoliosis is progression. Halting scoliosis progression in adolescents is the primary goal among medical professionals.
Scoliosis that is not idiopathic, or genetic, may be due to congenital or neuromuscular conditions, or a connective tissue disorder like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Children with idiopathic scoliosis are normally healthy. The incidence of diagnosis at diagnosis is estimated to be equal among girls and boys, but girls progress and require treatment at a rate of approximately 8:1 to boys.
Treatments for adolescent scoliosis have typically included watch and wait – or no treatment until the moderate phase or progression occurs, scoliosis bracing – usually occurs once a curve reaches the mildly moderate phase in a growing adolescent, and in traditional circles surgery is recommended once a curve approaches severe in a growing child.
The Scoliosis 3DC℠ approach differs in that we choose to teach adolescents and families to be proactive about adolescent idiopathic scoliosis via Schroth Method principles and we offer the latest in Chêneau bracing from Europe.
Untreated, scoliosis does not increase mortality,¹ but it is our belief that taking an active management approach serves an adolescent best for living the best quality life possible with scoliosis.
Doctors measure scoliosis via Cobb angle and grade adolescent growth progress according to an estimated Risser sign grade on a scale of 0-5, 5 being skeletal maturity.