Scoliosis Is a Common Ailment for Kids: What Parents Need to Know by Margaret Steck

Kids' Health
6 years ago

Scoliosis Is a Common Ailment for Kids: What Parents Need to Know

Last year, during my 10-year-old daughter’s well-check visit, her doctor noticed she had a curvature of the spine – just barely – but enough for him to refer us to a spine clinic for X-rays. The X-rays concluded that she had scoliosis, a condition where the spine grows in a “C” or an “S” shape instead of a straight line.

There are over three million cases of scoliosis every year, according to John Hopkins Medicine, and most of which are caught during a child’s growth spurt, somewhere between the ages of 10 and 13. There is no cure for scoliosis, but it can be treated, often by wearing a brace. 

A brace can seem awful at first, but we've since learned so much from Curvy Girls, a website created for girls by a girl who has scoliosis. Scoliosis isn't easy to live with, but it helps when you feel you're not alone!

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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Elisa Schmitz
Thank you for sharing your story, Margaret Steck - I didn't realize scoliosis is so prevalent! I hope your daughter is doing well, chica. xoxo

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