17 degrees at the base of his spine.
That's Jason's actual image.
We finally got around to seeing the orthopedist today.
But first can I say that I had no idea about anything scoliosis related until recently.
Namely I had no idea that this tends to develop around adolescence.
I guess I figured that either you are born with it....or not.
But I was like wrong and stuff.
So today we learned a lot.
Namely there is ummmmm....nothing we can do about it.
His spine is not only curved but it is also twisted.
Jason's right shoulder blade sticks up and out of his back.
It's oddly weird to look at.
The curving will slow down and stop as soon as he is done growing....which should be soon apparently. He's 15 and 5'10.
The doctor was quite nice and very informative:
Can live a normal life.
Can play sports of any kind.
Has no precautions.
Won't affect his back later in life.
The only thing the doctor said he may not be able to do is
join the military.
Could you repeat that?
After a bit of research it turns out he was wrong......and right.
Apparently the curvature in the thorasic region (the middle) has to be 30 degrees or higher to disqualify you from service.
Jason is so far at 26 degrees.
Not too big of a deal for Jason since he is not sure what he wants to do yet,
but here's what else we learned today,
And this child has wanted to go to the Air Force Academy since shortly after he emerged from my uterus.
|Guess who's getting a chest xray soon.|
We also learned today that Jason's children have an 85% chance of having scoliosis.
Hi curvy grandkids! Gma loves you!
Oddly, if Jason were a girl, his children would only have a 55% chance.
Chalk it all up to Adventures in Motherhood ~ The Things You Never Knew.
Scoliosis 101: Check.