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Old 09-07-2015, 05:00 PM
Lila Lila is offline
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Default How urgently should my 14 year old daughter be seen by a specialist?

My daughter is 14 years old and has scoliosis which was discovered after we received the self detection brochure on scoliosis from her school and our GP confirmed she has a curve. We have been referred to a scoliosis specialist but it is 3 months before she can be seen. Her right shoulder blade is slightly more prominent than the left one when she bends forward. She doesn't have back pain. Should she be seen by the specialist urgently?

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Old 11-07-2015, 06:36 PM
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Default Re: How urgently should my 14 year old daughter be seen by a specialist?

Thank you for your question. From the information you have provided it is unlikely there is a problem requiring treatment. Your daughter is past the growth spurt (11-13 years of age for girls and about a year or so later in boys). About 90 per cent of curves are idiopathic in nature and it is most often in the spurt that significant increase in these curves takes place. See:

http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/s...scoliosis.html

In the absence of pain there is no urgency about your daughter being seen by the specialist but if you are particularly concerned, ask your family doctor to contact the specialist's rooms, or the clinic if you have been referred to a public hospital clinic, to see if the appointment can be brought forward. Even if the curve was increasing, which is most unlikely at her age, it would not be more than 1 degree per month as defined in the link given above.

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