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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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CoeyG
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM


Quoting MicheleJM:

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.  


Exactly

CoeyG
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM


Quoting yperez0209:

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.  


My ex MIL also has it, and my ex husband has ia mild case as well.  No one on my side of the family as far as I know had it except myself unless my paternal grandmother did, I do know she had RA and had spinal problems but much of her medical history was never recorded. 

OHgirlinCA
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

 I had it, and my oldest son has it.  It's not an issue if it's a small degree.  It can be corrected through strength training exercises for the back.  Swimming is really good!  Make sure your child is sitting and standing up straight too. 

It sounds like the doctor probably think it's just a slight curvature and isn't severe enough for further care at this time.  It makes sense to wait and see if it gets worse or not.

c_turtle21
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Occasionally she has pain in her back or her hip flexors and she stands with her hip cocked out to one side often. But she plays competitive soccer and the doctors have told us that the excersise will only HELP.

yperez0209
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Thanks for sharing. Swimming sounds great, she would love to do that. Did it affect you when you were pregnant?

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 I had it, and my oldest son has it.  It's not an issue if it's a small degree.  It can be corrected through strength training exercises for the back.  Swimming is really good!  Make sure your child is sitting and standing up straight too. 

It sounds like the doctor probably think it's just a slight curvature and isn't severe enough for further care at this time.  It makes sense to wait and see if it gets worse or not.


OHgirlinCA
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

 Not at all... I have a mild case, though.  I never needed any braces or surgery or anything like that...

Quoting yperez0209:

Thanks for sharing. Swimming sounds great, she would love to do that. Did it affect you when you were pregnant?

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 I had it, and my oldest son has it.  It's not an issue if it's a small degree.  It can be corrected through strength training exercises for the back.  Swimming is really good!  Make sure your child is sitting and standing up straight too. 

It sounds like the doctor probably think it's just a slight curvature and isn't severe enough for further care at this time.  It makes sense to wait and see if it gets worse or not.

 

 

happy2bmom25
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM
Please see a chiropractor now.
Her bones ate not completely calcified yet, and her muscles are not as "stubborn" as an adults might be. A great chiropractor can allow the spine to form its correct curves without the use of braces, casts, surgeries and rods. Go go go!
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yperez0209
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

How do you find a great chiroprator without someone you know referring one ??? I've also read to be careful with chiropractors and scoliosis, that if you see one that is not use to dealing with this, he/she can actually cause more harm than good. So, how do you find one that's great?

Quoting happy2bmom25:

Please see a chiropractor now.
Her bones ate not completely calcified yet, and her muscles are not as "stubborn" as an adults might be. A great chiropractor can allow the spine to form its correct curves without the use of braces, casts, surgeries and rods. Go go go!


yperez0209
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

That's great. I hope her case is like yours. When you bend down is one side of your back higher than the other?

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 Not at all... I have a mild case, though.  I never needed any braces or surgery or anything like that...

Quoting yperez0209:

Thanks for sharing. Swimming sounds great, she would love to do that. Did it affect you when you were pregnant?

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 I had it, and my oldest son has it.  It's not an issue if it's a small degree.  It can be corrected through strength training exercises for the back.  Swimming is really good!  Make sure your child is sitting and standing up straight too. 

It sounds like the doctor probably think it's just a slight curvature and isn't severe enough for further care at this time.  It makes sense to wait and see if it gets worse or not.

 

 


OHgirlinCA
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

 Not anymore... if it is, it's not noticeable.

Quoting yperez0209:

That's great. I hope her case is like yours. When you bend down is one side of your back higher than the other?

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 Not at all... I have a mild case, though.  I never needed any braces or surgery or anything like that...

Quoting yperez0209:

Thanks for sharing. Swimming sounds great, she would love to do that. Did it affect you when you were pregnant?

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 I had it, and my oldest son has it.  It's not an issue if it's a small degree.  It can be corrected through strength training exercises for the back.  Swimming is really good!  Make sure your child is sitting and standing up straight too. 

It sounds like the doctor probably think it's just a slight curvature and isn't severe enough for further care at this time.  It makes sense to wait and see if it gets worse or not.

 

 

 

 

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