Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Scoliosis, often identified as anirregular, side-to-side spinal curvature, occurs in adults, children, and adolescents. In normal spines, the curvature is balanced, fronttoback, to help the body balance itself and move with ease.
Unfortunately, when scoliosis occurs, it can throw the body off balance and cause pain. In adolescents, scoliosis sometimes develops over time or stems from a different medical condition. Sometimes, kids are just born with the condition.
While there are a few different types of adolescent scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, also known as AIS, is the most common. In most cases, AIS makes itself known during puberty, anywhere between 10 and 18 years old. At the moment,the cause of AIS is unknown, and it is worsened and more painful during growth spurts. Oftentimes, the condition occurs in girls more than in boys.It’s estimated that 2to 3percent of adolescents between 10 and 16yearsof age have some form of AIS.
There is a variety of symptoms to look out for, including:
• Horizontal Spinal Curvature
• Uneven Shoulders and Hips
In order to best treat AIS, it’s imperative to identify it as early as possible. Fortunately, if you or someone you know has AIS, Central NJ Spine offers a number of treatment options with proven results. We also understand that working with children is a delicate matter. Oftentimes, children diagnosed with AIS feel embarrassed and self-conscious. That’s why our team of doctors is committed to fostering a compassionate, caring environment for our patients.
Are you or someone you know experiencing symptoms of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis? Request a consultation with one of our Central NJ Spine doctors today. Call our office today at 201-371-6004.