Doctors for Pediatric Scoliosis in Medavakkam, Kochi
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In one of the rarely occurring spinal disorders that happens in children the spine rotates or tends to turn towards the side - this is known as Paediatric Scoliosis. There are various kinds Paediatric Scoliosis but the common symptoms here include uneven shoulder, poor posture, elevated hips, uneven waistline and imbalanced legs.
HOW IS PEDIATRIC SCOLIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Regular pediatric screening may reveal Pediatric Scoliosis. Pediatricians may look for specific symptoms of pediatric scoliosis and also evaluate medical and family history. A physical examination of the child’s shoulders, back, chest, pelvis, feet and arms is conducted to diagnose the disorder. An X-ray of the spine may confirm diagnosis.
HOW IS PEDIATRIC SCOLIOSIS TREATED?
Most children with scoliosis will have mild cases that only require monitoring every 4 to 6 months. In severe cases the doctor may suggest the use of a custom brace to prevent it from progressing even more. In patients whose spinal deformities have not been controlled with non-surgical management, and where the scoliosis is either relentlessly progressing or is over 50°, surgical intervention may be required. Small pieces of bone — called bone graft — are placed into the spaces between the vertebrae to be fused. Over time, the bones grows together — similar to when a broken bone heals. Metal rods are typically used to hold the bones in place until the fusion happens. The rods are attached to the spine by hooks, screws, and/or wires.
DID YOU KNOW?
Congenital scoliosis encompasses a spectrum of structural disorders that are present at birth, and which cause progressive deformity as the child grows. This is in contrast to infantile idiopathic scoliosis where structural abnormalities are absent. The disorders comprising congenital scoliosis can be grouped into defects of segmentation, formation, or mixed, and should be considered in the context for how they alter vertebral geometry and potential for growth.