THE MAGEC SYSTEM:
A NOVEL APPROACH TO EOS TREATMENT
What Is Scoliosis?
Viewed from the front or back, the spinal column should be straight. When scoliosis is present, you will see a sideways bending or curvature of the spine to the right or left. The spinal curve is diagnosed using an x-ray image, and the curve of the spine is measured in degrees, referred to as a Cobb angle. Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine with a Cobb angle greater than 10 degrees.
What Causes Scoliosis?
Scoliosis can arise from a number of underlying conditions. Doctors don’t know what causes the most common type of scoliosis — idiopathic, meaning “of unknown origin.” Idiopathic scoliosis does appear to involve hereditary factors, because the disorder has been shown to run in families.
WHAT IS EARLY ONSET SCOLIOSIS?
Early onset scoliosis (EOS) affects skeletally immature patients less than 10 years of age. Patients with EOS are still undergoing development, which
can place them at risk for progression of the deformity. Many children can be
treated through observation or the
use of an external, wearable brace.