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Talking to Your Doctor About Scoliosis
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Does my child have any spinal curvature?
- If so, what degree is the curvature?
- Is there any way to tell whether the scoliosis has resulted in any other complications?
- Is the cause of my child's scoliosis unknown, or might it be due to some other medical condition?
- What is the chance that my child might develop scoliosis?
- Should my other children be screened for scoliosis?
- Is there any new information about ways to decrease the risk of developing scoliosis?
- Can my child be monitored instead of wearing a brace or cast?
- How frequently will monitoring occur?
- Will a brace cast be necessary?
- If a brace is necessary, how long will it have to be worn each day?
- How many years will a brace or cast be required?
- Might surgery be necessary?
- How will we know if surgery is necessary?
- Are there any activities my child cannot participate in?
- Is there any new information about any kinds of exercise or other lifestyle changes that might be beneficial?
- Could my child's scoliosis lead to any kind of disability?
- How likely is it that my child's degree of scoliosis will progress?
- Is there anything I can do to slow or halt the progression of my child's scoliosis?
- Are there other things that my child's scoliosis can be associated with?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 05/2017
- Update Date: 12/20/2014