Children with Scoliosis
Our spine is meant to be bendable and flexible for us to be able to move about freely and effortlessly. Too much of it though – as with anything – is not a good thing because it gives rise to conditions such as scoliosis, and about 2% of people live with it. It often develops gradually, and is not found in children until they are in their preteen to teenage years. Fortunately, a majority of these cases are mild, and do not affect a child’s life so they can live an active lifestyle. However, in certain cases where the curvature of the spine is more advanced, a child is likely to go through pain or decreased range of motion.
How is Scoliosis Diagnosed in Children?
Scoliosis is determined by observing the spine from the back. Completing a basic test is simple, and can be done by anyone. Nonetheless, you should still get a doctor to confirm the condition if you have reason to believe your child or someone you know has it. The standard test is when the child bends over and touches their feet while remaining as straight as possible. In this position, you can look and feel the spine to see if it travels in a straight line and if the rib cage and muscles around the back are equal (not higher or lower on one side). Examining a child’s feet, pelvis, legs, shoulders, and chest should also be noted to check whether or not the opposite sides match. If a doctor is checking for scoliosis during a physical exam, some may order an x-ray to have a better look.
Five Forms of Scoliosis that Plague Children
- Congenital Scoliosis – This form of scoliosis is found during birth, and is typically caused by a defect that has been detected. It may also form when the spine is pulled, twisted, or rotated along with the ribs during delivery. It is extremely rare, happening in one of every 10,000 births.
- Infantile Scoliosis – Infants may contract scoliosis that can be seen and may occur anywhere from a few months of age up until three. There is a chance this type of scoliosis has a relationship with neurological complications in their development. Most infants only have it for a period of time and it leaves as they get older, but in others it can persist and lead to physical deformity. Infantile scoliosis is found in boys more than girls.
- Juvenile Scoliosis – In contrast to infantile scoliosis, juvenile scoliosis is more likely to be seen in girls and it starts around the ages of three to ten. These kids are at greater risk of the spine’s curvature progressing.
- Adolescent Scoliosis – Adolescent scoliosis starts between ages 10 up until that maturation of their skeletal system. It may arise the moment a child hits puberty or appear while they are in their growth spurt period. Girls have a higher risk of getting this type as well.
- Idiopathic Scoliosis – Sometimes there is not a known reason why a child gets scoliosis, and it is deemed to be idiopathic.
Treat Pain from Scoliosis Naturally in Kids
It is a sad thing to see a child in pain, and all anyone would like to do is to end it more than anything. Most kids may not have an issue with pain even when they have the spinal disorder. Regardless, there are still a handful of kids that do, and parents look for methods that can help them better. Baltic Essentials Amber can treat scoliosis pain naturally without having to worry about side effects. The abnormal curvature of the spine causes swelling at the spine and surrounding areas such as the muscle which causes the discomfort.
Amber, a completely natural property made from resin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent that can reduce the amount of swelling while providing a soothing effect when it is worn. Kids can wear it anytime of the day, but it is recommended they take off the necklace at night to avoid choking. Baltic Essentials also has Bracelets available to help control the pain.