Dr. Wang describes the possible long-term risk factors associated with scoliosis.
Well, if they make it through their growth spurt and they become an adult and they have some scoliosis, I think they are a little bit more predisposed to having back pain.
Their spines are loaded a little bit asymmetrically. The muscles are pulling and holding the spine up a little bit more asymmetrically and so, I think it’s very, very important that they keep their muscles, the abdominal muscles, the core stabilizers of the spine; they need to keep them as strong as possible.
About Dr. Wang, M.D.:
Dr. Jeffrey Wang, M.D., is the Chief of Spine Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He specializes in all spine disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area. His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins, and biomedical engineering of non-invasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves.