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Why Screen for Scoliosis at home?

Since small curves typically do not cause any discomfort at the beginning, scoliosis can go unnoticed. There is no school screening program for scoliosis in Canada, so it is up to parents and healthcare providers to find it.

What treatments are available?

During growth, children with very small curves can be monitored for scoliosis progression or do Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercises (PSSE), such as Schroth. When a curve is detected early enough, brace treatment alone, or with PSSE exercises is recommended to
prevent further worsening. If scoliosis becomes severe, surgery is recommended.

Where can I find more information?

Where can I find more information?

There is a vast amount of information on the internet. We recommend the following websites for reliable information:

Scoliosis Research Society:

Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Treatment (SOSORT)

Why is early detection important?

General Information

While most small curves stay small and never require any treatment, some curves do get worse as the child grows. When treatment is needed, the earlier it is started, the better the end result. Brace treatment is usually successful in preventing smaller curves from getting worse.

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Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)

National Scoliosis Foundation 

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