Managing Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the backbone (spine) is deformed by being curved. This frequently occurs during the growth spurt right before puberty. Scoliosis is often genetic, and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t caused by slouching, sports injuries or wearing a heavy backpack.

It’s important that this condition be treated and monitored closely while your child is growing. If not, it can lead to severe back pain and respiratory problems. If your child is diagnosed with scoliosis, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to panic. Mild to moderate curves have very little impact on quality of life.

Share these tips for living a normal life with your child if he or she is affected by scoliosis.

  • If you have to wear a brace, remember that you’re likely much more aware of it than those around you.
  • Let your friends know about your scoliosis, but also reiterate that you can do most of the things that they do.
  • Reach out to peers who also have scoliosis. It’s always great to have a support system of people you can relate to.
  • Remember that just because you have scoliosis, it doesn’t define you.

For questions about your child’s scoliosis, turn to your pediatric provider.