Housewife A (age 43) has a daughter who is about to enter junior high school. My child has recently been unable to sit on his desk for a long time, saying, "My back is stiff." I looked closely at the child sitting at the desk, and his shoulders were tilted to one side. I often looked like a pair of legs. A was diagnosed with "scoliosis in progress" at a hospital where he found the child with his mind.
It is often the case that abnormalities in the vertebrae and joints of children who grow up like A's daughter are only discovered after the disease is raised. The spinal cord, which is twisted with the wrong posture or habit of childhood, is difficult to correct after growth period, and sometimes it is called growth disorder. Growth is slower than peers, which can lower your child's self-esteem and harm your mental health. Experts say, "If you take a little careful attention to your child, you can recognize the red light that appears on your child's body." I found out how to get to know the spinal and joint abnormalities that can appear in our children in the early days with the help of the director of the naturopathic hospital.
Smartphone calling scoliosis
According to the National Health Insurance Assessment and Assessment Service, the number of patients who were treated with scoliosis in 2015 was 113,000. Among them, teenagers accounted for 44.4% (5884), and middle and high school students (13-16) were the most growing. Experts see the age of smartphone or computer use as one of the reasons. In fact, 30.3% of adolescents and 19.1% of children and adolescents were 'dependency risk group' according to '2017 smartphone and dependency survey result' of Ministry of Science, Technology and Information. In particular, the risk group, which was 12.4% in 2015, increased about 1.5 times in two years.
Misformed postures and habits under the age of 10 may be the main cause of scoliosis. Scoliosis is a disease in which the flexion of the vertebrae bends gradually to one side due to vertebral deformation and deforms more than 10 degrees to the C or S shape. It is known that it progresses gradually from the growth stage around 10 years old and worsens in adolescence.
Let's check the child's shoulders and shoes.
Growing age children are 10 cm or more tall in a year. Scoliosis is as important as early detection as it continues to grow. The easiest way to check for scoliosis is to check if the child's shoulder is horizontal. If the child's shoulder line, which is viewed from the front, is tilted to one side, or if the length of the backing strap of the child's bag is different, suspect scoliosis.
Symptoms of spinal unbalance may be caused by pelvic deformation. When the pelvis connecting the spine and both legs is twisted, the balance of the body collapses. At first, only the pelvic pain is felt, but when it gets worse, it will appeal to back, knee joint and shoulder pain. These pelvic misalignments can be seen only by the child's shoe soles. If both shoe soles are worn differently, it is better to go to the hospital and get a checkup.
Parents with growing children should have their child in the right position. Taking a right posture when walking or sitting has the effect of eliminating fatigue on the neck and shoulders. It also has the effect of stimulating the growth plate by distributing the force evenly to all the joints including the spine and joints.
Children often fall, beware of 'growth plate damage' caused by fracture
Children who fall frequently are susceptible to fractures. The problem is that a fracture can injure the growth plate. In the growing child's joint, there is a growth plate made of weaker cartilage than bone. There is a growth plate on the wrist, the knee and the elbow, which hit the ground when falling down. If the bones are fractured, the growth plate may be injured and the legs shortened or the bones deformed. The growth plate, which is a smooth cartilage tissue, can not be immediately checked for damage by X-ray. Sometimes it is healed naturally, and it can be seen only if you watch it for two months or a year for a short time.
Growth plate injuries require a distinction due to the similarity of the initial symptoms to the "growth cramps" experienced by children aged 4 to 12 years old. Growth pain, such as thighs, shanks, arms and buttocks, pain starts at night when it starts to go to sleep often wakes up. It can also appear on the day when there are many outdoor activities. The exact cause has not yet been revealed, but experts believe that the periosteum surrounding the bones stretches to stimulate the nerves and cause pain. However, in the case of growing pain, the pain does not appear directly in the joint, but in the whole area.
On the other hand, when the growth plate is injured, the joints are lined or bend to one side. If the pain falls on the joint area after the fall, if the injured area swells, it should be pinched with ice and the injured area should be fixed with a splint or the like, and then the hospital should be sought. If the child keeps complaining of pain and the area and the area around it become dark or violet, it is necessary to get a diagnosis at the hospital.
"It is important not to take nutrition for proper growth of the growing children but to be able to have a proper posture." "If you are observing your child carefully and you find any signs of abnormality, "He advised.
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