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Scoliosis.... let's wait and see approach.

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Would you wait and see if your child was diagnosed with this problem?

Apparently that's what my daughters' doctor felt was the right plan of action. But I have doubts.

She is 10 yrs old and otherwise a healthy child. She had her well visit today and this was discovered during her visit. He wants her to return in 6 months to see if it has progressed or not. But I'm wondering if it's better that she sees a specialist now? I have to say, this really has me worried. I was expecting an easy visit and clean bill of health ( as usual ).

Has anyone had this experience with there child? Did it progress? What did you do?

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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MicheleJM
by Bronze Member on Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:57 PM
He may want to see if her curve increases. If it does then he might talk treatment which can vary from nighttime bracing to daytime bracing to surgery depending on how severe her curve is and how old she is. Waiting isnt unusual if her curve is mild.


Quoting CoeyG:


Quoting yperez0209:

Thank you so much for your  experience. It's encouraging to hear that it didn't really affect your quality of life.


I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her back. I have my reservations about moving forward with a specialist at this point.


Quoting CoeyG:


No, the wait and see approach is best at this time.  Don't forget puberty is coming around and I have a feeling that is what the doctor is looking for.  He wants to see if there are any changes that would warrant seeing a specialist.  I have mild scoliosis have had it all my life and have never had any problems from it.  The only real reason she would need to see a specialist would be it were an extreme case and would require surgery.  



There are various degrees o f the problem.  Mine was mild.  Obviously the doctor seems to think your daughter's is mild right now, she is still growing and her body is constantly changing and sometimes what is done today could wind up with her having problems later on.  I suspect this is why the doctor wants to wait and see.  If it isn't bother her right now then there is no reason to do anything.  


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yperez0209
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM

The only thing she has complained about is her book bag. At times she has told me that her back feels like it's breaking when her backpack is heavy. But that's an easy fix, tomorrow I'm buying her one of those backpacks with wheels on it. Other than that, she's like any other kid.

As I've been writing back to you I discovered while speaking to my mother in law that she has the same problem. She was diagnosed at 13 yrs. of age. My daughter's doctor told me that it may very well be genetic, and now I know that her grandmother has it also. She did tell me that it caused her problems while she was in high school. She had to get treated three times a week.

I guess I'll just have to wait and see how it develops. If at her six month check up there are any changes I won't wait regardless of what he says to me.

Quoting CoeyG:


Quoting yperez0209:

Thank you so much for your  experience. It's encouraging to hear that it didn't really affect your quality of life.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw her back. I have my reservations about moving forward with a specialist at this point.

Quoting CoeyG:

No, the wait and see approach is best at this time.  Don't forget puberty is coming around and I have a feeling that is what the doctor is looking for.  He wants to see if there are any changes that would warrant seeing a specialist.  I have mild scoliosis have had it all my life and have never had any problems from it.  The only real reason she would need to see a specialist would be it were an extreme case and would require surgery.  

 

There are various degrees o f the problem.  Mine was mild.  Obviously the doctor seems to think your daughter's is mild right now, she is still growing and her body is constantly changing and sometimes what is done today could wind up with her having problems later on.  I suspect this is why the doctor wants to wait and see.  If it isn't bother her right now then there is no reason to do anything.  


proudmommy03457
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was about 13 years old and the doctor just said that they would keep an eye on it. But my mom being the mom she is never took me to another doctor visit for my scoliosis and now at 22 my back is always killing me.
I think it is great that you are so concerned and it never hurts to get a second opinion.
Good luck
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yperez0209
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I would never ignore that kind of information. If I don't take care of her, who will? It's my job as a mom to help my daughter.

I think I'm going to wait the 6 months but I'm telling you that is there's any change, I'm not waiting any longer, she's seeing a specialist. I already found one online that I like. I even called the office and spoke to the nurse.

I'm sorry you didn't get treated when you were little. That's exactly what I don't want her to experience...pain.

I want her to live a normal life, not limited by that. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Quoting proudmommy03457:

I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was about 13 years old and the doctor just said that they would keep an eye on it. But my mom being the mom she is never took me to another doctor visit for my scoliosis and now at 22 my back is always killing me.
I think it is great that you are so concerned and it never hurts to get a second opinion.
Good luck


c_turtle21
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

My DD was diagnosed with Scoliosis at about 11. She is seen every 6 months or so to see if the degree of the curve has changed. If the curvature is under a certain percentage is it not considered severe enough for treatment. DD is now 16 and while the curvature does affect the evenness of her hips there has been no change in 5 years and therefore no treatment. She now is only seen once a year.

Malley
by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed at 11. It makes one leg a little shorter so I walk a little funny. Everyone on my dad's side has it and we all walk the same way, kind of like sailors off the ship. Kids teased me about it but it didn't upset me because it is what it is. My dh says he loves my strut lol.
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JasonsMom2007
by Platinum Member on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:36 PM
My brother had that and when he went back in 6 months it was gone. I would wait.
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yperez0209
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Thank you for making me laugh a little. Dads have a special way with things.

Did having scoliosis affect your pregnancies ?

Quoting Malley:

I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed at 11. It makes one leg a little shorter so I walk a little funny. Everyone on my dad's side has it and we all walk the same way, kind of like sailors off the ship. Kids teased me about it but it didn't upset me because it is what it is. My dh says he loves my strut lol.


yperez0209
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Does she complain of pain? If it affects the evenness of her hips does she walk normally?

Quoting c_turtle21:

My DD was diagnosed with Scoliosis at about 11. She is seen every 6 months or so to see if the degree of the curve has changed. If the curvature is under a certain percentage is it not considered severe enough for treatment. DD is now 16 and while the curvature does affect the evenness of her hips there has been no change in 5 years and therefore no treatment. She now is only seen once a year.


Bmat
by Barb on Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I'd see a specialist.  We didn't discover my son's problem until he was older and by then he needed a full brace.

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