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yperez0209
Scoliosis.... let's wait and see approach.
October 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

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?

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  • xoxRachelxox
    October 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    When in doubt, get a second opinion.

  • catngabsmom
    October 4, 2012 at 6:43 PM
    I would see a specialist, if it isn't severe at this point, they will say the same thing-check back in 6 months. Given the fact that you have determined it is in the family, she complains of pain, and you notice occasional stature issues, I think putting together the puzzle pieces, point towards seeing a specialist! A specialist will point you in the right direction for exercises and therapy to help alleviate symptoms and possibly avoid future corrective actions.
  • ceciliam
    October 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I had slight scoliosis at that age. My doctor prescribed some stretching exercises that straightened it out and I never had a problem again....that was 28 years ago. I don't remember what the exercises were but I'm sure you could do a Google search. I would have her start doing some stretches right away and then maybe get a second opinion. Good luck!

  • ceciliam
    October 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM
  • happy2bmom25
    October 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM
    I cant imagine how a chiropractor could do harm? My kids have all been adjusted since the day they were born. They dont have scoliosis, but if they did they would have gotten adjusted more frequently for sure.


    Quoting yperez0209:

    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!



  • emmy526
    by emmy526
    October 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    yup, this... i too had it.. nothing really came of it either....sometimes excercises are prescribed to stretch muscles and help the back become more limber to grow straighter.   If you are that concerned, go see an orthopedist about it to ease your mind...but chances are he'll say the same thing-wait six months.

    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.  


  • created4apurpos
    October 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I had scoliosis as a child.  I don't remember seeing any specialist so I guess my parents took this approach with me.  I ended up with a slight curvature at the top of my back.  at this point in my life its not correctable.  I get back pain easily and I have to wonder how many other problems it contributes to.  I say at the very least get a second opinion.  if another ped also says wait and see then wait, if they disagree then be agressive about treatment.


  • yperez0209
    October 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM
    Ladies, I just want to say thank you for all your comments and advice. It was appreciated. It's great to have a place that you can get advice from other women
  • skylarkdancer
    October 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM
    I have scoliosis. It is a 30 degree curve in my lower back. It's called a c curve. Found it when I was 14. We did the wait and see thing, no bracing or anything. I did see a specialist he suggested surgery...I didn't do that and I saw a chiropractor regularly. It never progressed. It stayed the exact same. I vote chiropractor care. Good luck!
  • yperez0209
    October 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    That's exactly why I'm hesitant about taking her to a specialist. Sometimes doctors are too quick to operate. I believe, without there truly being reason to other than money. I don't think I'm terribly wrong in saying that. There are dishonest doctors out there. But it bothers me to just sit and wait, so, I'm torn. Did you have children? Did it bother you when you were pregnant? Do you feel pain today ? Do you still see a chiropractor? Sorry for all the questions. 

    Quoting skylarkdancer:

    I have scoliosis. It is a 30 degree curve in my lower back. It's called a c curve. Found it when I was 14. We did the wait and see thing, no bracing or anything. I did see a specialist he suggested surgery...I didn't do that and I saw a chiropractor regularly. It never progressed. It stayed the exact same. I vote chiropractor care. Good luck!


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