Talking with Families about Early Onset Scoliosis
- Discussing EOS with Families
- The diagnosis of early onset scoliosis is often overwhelming to parents with a young child. Most parents will have little, if any, understanding about the diagnosis and expected natural history and future treatments. This always requires a careful discussion to provide a framework for future referrals, imaging, and options for treatment. Most curves will require referral to a specialist who treats early onset scoliosis. Parents are always reassured to know that these curves, regardless of how severe, have options for treatment. It is also helpful to let them know that most treatments allow children to live a normal, active life. Referral to reliable online resources such as this website will give the family a source of good information rather than a Google search which is often more confusing than helpful.