You are correct in wondering whether an early diagnosis is beneficial--this is true. Realize that our spines do have natural curves. As you know, while our necks allow us to look up to the sky and our shoulder areas are somewhat rounded, scoliosis is actually a curving to one side or the other. Once this is identified, particularly in a child who is still growing, it may in fact get worse before it gets better. We would not want it to compromise your child. An orthopedist may want x-rays as part of a second opinion, but he/she may decide to just "sit and wait." More commonly, spinal deformities need only close observation and non-surgical management.
Six-Year-Old with Scoliosis
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