Scoliosis Screening in Fort Collins and WHY it is so Important for Your Child

What Is Scoliosis?


Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can lead to unnatural posture, problems walking, and everyday painful activity. It’s a silent malformation that makes its first appearance without any pain. And it can result from genetic or hereditary issues with no known prevention.


Approximately 2-3% of children between the ages of 10 and 15 will be diagnosed with scoliosis. And the risk of scoliosis increases rapidly between the ages of 11 and 14 during periods of rapid growth.


Scoliosis also occurs with near equal frequency in both girls and boys. However, girls’ curvatures do tend to be larger and progress more than the curvatures found in boys. That being said, it’s still important to have all children screened for possible signs of scoliosis – no matter what their gender may be.


The best way to catch the appearance of scoliosis during its early stages is through a simple scoliosis screening. Early scoliosis screening means earlier treatment, therefore minimizing the extent of your child’s pain and suffering. Even more, statistics have shown that children who are not treated early for scoliosis can be more socially awkward – due to the abnormal growth of the spine – and have a lower marriage rate.


When to Screen for Scoliosis

Girls should be initially checked between the ages of 10 to 12, and boys should be screened between the ages of 11 and 13 – when growth spurts occur. At Square One, Dr. Chris Gubbels and our certified doctors can perform a quick and painless scoliosis screening to detect any of the earliest signs of spine disfigurement.


Although there is no known cure for scoliosis and no way to prevent its progression, our medical practice does employ world-renowned experts and treatments to manage this condition the best way possible.


Scoliosis Can Go Undetected

Scoliosis can often go undetected, or may be detected after further progression makes the symptoms more pronounced. One reason for this lag in detection time can be attributed to the age of occurrence, which happens at a time when children are bathing and dressing themselves and wearing loose or bulky clothing. Since parents are not taking close physical care of their children during these high-risk years, they may be less likely to notice the early symptoms. In addition, scoliosis has sometimes been misdiagnosed as improper leg height.


And here’s a surprising fact: Dancers are 12.4 times more likely to develop scoliosis than other children their age. Gymnasts also experience a higher rate of scoliosis than the general population.


Scoliosis Screening Is 100% Safe

Early scoliosis screening is essential in treating young patients for undetected scoliosis conditions. If a scoliosis condition is left untreated, it can lead to poor posture, pain and discomfort when sitting or standing, muscle weakness, and, in some cases, problems with vital organs. Early scoliosis detection opens the door for better monitoring, more treatment opportunities, including non-surgical options, and a better treatment result.


Children and teens can display several noticeable signs of scoliosis:

  • Asymmetrical shoulders
  • Prominent shoulder blade
  • Rib hump
  • Visible curve in spine
  • Asymmetrical hips
  • Asymmetrical waist


Earlier scoliosis detection results in better long-term patient outcomes.

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How We Help Our Patients through Scoliosis Screening


The certified Scoliosis doctors at Square One can perform a simple scoliosis screening or other tests to detect any early signs or complications of this condition:


  • Visual screening
  • Physical assessment
  • Postural evaluation
  • Check for spine tenderness
  • Measure standing vs. sitting height
  • Hip examination
  • Check for lesions, hair patches
  • Check for other skeletal characteristics and flexibility
  • X-ray
  • MRI


Scoliosis Treatment

The level of scoliosis care that you receive is determined by the severity of your specific condition and curvature of the spine. Without treatment, scoliosis conditions can be expected to worsen over the long term.


For a mild curvature of the spine, we may recommend some rehabilitation or continued observation before any intervention techniques are used. Moderate curvatures of the spine may require scoliosis bracing. (See our page on ScoliBrace.) Severe cases may require use of the ScoliBrace or possible corrective surgery. And we may include several therapies or strategies in your treatment, including scoliosis rehabilitation and specific exercises.


The time to screen your child or adolescent in the at-risk age groups is now. The screening is simple and quick, and we’ll let you know right away if there is any need for further observation or testing.


Call Square One today for your FREE Scoliosis Screening.


Note: It’s important to understand that not all non-surgical treatment improves scoliosis. Different cases may require different treatment, and results can vary.

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