Scoliosis

The term scoliosis indicates an abnormal curvature of the spine. Our spines are naturally curved to help support our body, but in scoliosis and abnormal sideways curvature develops. This sideways curvature can resemble an “S” curve or “C” curve.

Scoliosis can be diagnosed through clinical exam, and often an X-ray is required to best determine the degree of the curvature. Depending on the severity of the curvature further evaluation with an orthopedic specialist may be needed.   Brace therapy and surgery may also be necessary.

Symptoms that may be concerning for scoliosis can include: uneven shoulders, sunken chest, leaning to one side, and back pain.

Scoliosis often develops in adolescence, which is a time of rapid growth for the body. It is estimated that about one in twenty-five adolescent girls and one in two hundred teenage boys develop scoliosis. It is important to schedule annual well exams for pre-adolescents and adolescents to closely monitor the spine during this period of growth. Please call us at (417) 882-1600 to schedule your teen’s annual exam.

Further information on scoliosis can be found at the following link: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/orthopedic/Pages/Scoliosis.aspx