Scoliosis - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor to
have your child evaluated for
- You observe a curve in your child's
- You notice that something about your child's posture looks
unusual, such as ribs that stick out, one shoulder that is higher than the
other, one hip that is higher than the other, or an uneven
- You observe that your child's clothes don't fit properly
or that his or her hems don't hang evenly.
- A school screening
program recommends that your child see a doctor.
If you suspect that your child has a spinal
curve, ask a health professional to look at it, either through a school
screening program or during a doctor visit. Early detection could lead to early
treatment and could prevent a curve from getting worse.
results of a school screening program suggest that your child may have a spinal
curve, follow up with your doctor. Most curves that are found through school
screening programs are normal variations in the spine or mild scoliosis, and
these curves usually require only regular observation.
Who to see
The following health professionals could identify and
A doctor who specializes in surgery of the bones (orthopedic surgeon) may be consulted if the person has
a large curve. The orthopedic surgeon will evaluate the curve and may recommend
bracing or surgery.
A health professional who fits people with
specially designed assistive devices (orthotist) can build and fit a custom
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.