Tuesday, June 16, 2015

National Scoliosis Awareness Month

June is the National Scoliosis Awareness Month. The annual observance highlights the growing need for scoliosis education , early detection and awareness.

What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, and it affects about 7  million Americans. Curves range from mild to severe. Care option are customized for each child, using techniques like casting on infants, use of TLSO spinal brace, halo traction and even surgery.

Spotting Scoliosis:
Early diagnosis leads to a better long-term prognosis, so it is important to know what to look for It is as easy as S-C-R-E-E-N-I-N-G
S-Stand Several feet behind the child for the best view
C-Child should be positioned with feet together, knees straight and arms loose at sides.
R-Recognize difference in shoulder heights and shoulder blade protrusions
E-Examine the child bending forward with the back parallel to the floor.
E-Either side of the lumbar spine or rib cage should be even with the other
N-Note any asymmetries
I-Inspect the child from the side
N-Notice any excessive roundness (sway back)
G-Give appropriate referrals to the child's primary care provider

Our doctors here at Willow Creek do a pre screening for scoliosis here at every Well Child Check.
Make sure you have a Yearly Exam scheduled to Pre screen your child for scoliosis.

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