The challenge of raising a child with scoliosis


Here’s a story about a very brave young girl who has a wonderful supportive mom. Read on…

Mothers of children with scoliosis are constantly challenged to devise ways to help their child cope with the condition and understand their medical treatments. It can be especially difficult to help a young child learn to deal with feeling different, or even ostracized by their classmates, if their condition or treatment is visible. Of every 1,000 children, three to five develop spinal curves that are considered large enough to need treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health.628x471

Kaitlyn Kirby was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 5 years old, and soon after learned that she would have to begin wearing a back brace. Together with her parents, the experts at HSS found a special way to help Kaitlyn get used to her new routine. Dr. Daniel Green, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, and Kaitlyn’s mother had Kaitlyn’s doll, “Isabella,” fitted with a brace that matched hers so that Kaitlyn could explain her condition to any curious friends. Kaitlyn and her mother discuss their story in this short video.

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