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So yesterday was kind of interesting, as I had to take my 12 year old daughter down to the children's hospital to end up getting fitted for a back brace. The issue was discovered when my kid ended up going to the chiropractor and she felt something goofy. They did an x-ray and found the picture below. The chiropractor ended up saying we should take her to her doctor, who then referred us to the children's hospital down state because she had scoliosis.
She actually has two bends in her spine, the top at 29 degrees, and the bottom at 25. Needless to say she was fitted for a back brace, which will be plastic and something she has to wear for 12 hours a day.
Have any of you had scoliosis? Did you have to wear a brace for it? What's it like if you did? She's a little nervous about it, but is happy that she'll continue to be able to do her competitive cheerleading.
Here's the picture of her spine. I've taken to calling her Snake.
Holy crap that looks worrying. Will the back brace fix it up eventually?
I remember when I was in school all the girls in my class had to get tested for scoliosis but the boys didn't.
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That's lucky it was discovered now! I also remember it being a big thing....I must have been in the early years of high school (11-13 years of age) and yes it was just the girls. I wonder if it's something that only affects females? Yet another affliction that women have to deal with!!
So glad that she can still do her cheerleading, that should take some of the sting of having to wear a brace all day!
Our thoughts are with her and the rest of the family.
Yeah it was worrying when we first saw it. I know boys can get it, as I failed a hockey physical because they thought I had it. Fortunately, nothing ever came of it and I was fine to continue playing.
Funny that they were checking that at the schools over there. Here you don't hear much about it.
My son had a slight curve to his spine, but it was never serious enough where he would need to wear a brace. I remember a few students wearing these back braces in school, and I do remember that one was a boy. Maybe it is just more common in girls? I don't believe they check for this in our schools either, but doctors will catch this during child well-check ups, which is when my son's issue was noted.
Good luck to her! I know it will not be fun for her, but remind her it will be worth it and she will be done with it all very soon (even though it seems like forever to young people, probably). And good for her for being able to continue to cheer!
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of the things, and no good thing ever dies.
There is some good info about scoliosis here.
It says that 90% of cases are among girls, which is why they used to screen girls only. Apparently they don't do it here anymore and instead send home information about how to check for it yourself.
Thanks for the kind word everybody.
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My son reminded me that it was his phy ed teacher who discovered his before I brought him in for his follow up appointment. He is really tall - 6'4" but I am not sure if that has anything to do with it. Again, no treatment was necessary, but he does have a slight curvature to his spine.
Keep us posted, 'Slim!
She just had her brace come in this week, but she hit a growth spurt and the stinking thing didn't fit, so they had to re-order it. Other than that, she's just been hitting the chiropractor and keeping moving.
Should see how it turns out when she gets it!
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