Juvenile scoliosis is a spinal curvature that appears in a young child between the ages of three and four and nine or ten. Sources differ on the exact age parameters, but nonetheless, halting progression of the curvature in a growing child is what is of utmost importance. Statistics show curves detected in the younger years may have an increased chance of progression.
Juvenile scoliosis is not common, but with adolescence occurring earlier, more than a few parent’s of young eleven-year-olds tell us they suspect their child’s scoliosis may have began prior to age eleven.
The Schroth Method for juvenile scoliosis
The Schroth Method for juvenile scoliosis can be challenging, but not impossible. We evaluate each case on an individual basis and make assessments on treatment and whether the child might benefit. Ideally, the older the child the better, but as with adolescents, addressing scoliosis conservatively rather than waiting until it progresses is usually a better strategy. Dr. Moramarco has or is in the process of managing several juvenile cases quite successfully.
Often times younger children lack the attention and ability to understand the concepts taught. With that said, it is important that each child does, and many parents want to try. In our youngest patients, we begin quite simply, usually in shorter appointment durations and teach parents mobilizations and children activities of daily living in an attempt to have them understand how to avoid movements which feed into spinal curve progression.
We have had a few highly motivated juvenile’s who have successfully navigated their curves: this ten-year-old, now fourteen, who reduced scoliosis via our program and maintained curvature reduction. It goes without saying that extensive parental and family involvement is absolutely essential.
If your child has juvenile scoliosis and you are interested in finding out whether our conservative approach can help your child avoid progression, please call and discuss the individual circumstances with Dr. Moramarco.
We have managed several juvenile cases successfully so far and are happy to share our experiences with you so you can make a judgement on the best course of treatment for your child.
Whenever possible, we do not subscribe to the watch and wait approach when it comes to scoliosis. Juvenile scoliosis must be monitored carefully and parents should be vigilant.