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Switch to adult MD or stay with pediatric

my daughter is 19. She was diagnosed in middle school so this is not a new diagnosis. At her 17 yo old check she was told she was finished growing, the curve had not increased since the year before, and that she did not need to come back anymore. She grew 2.5 more inches after that appointment. Her curve has visibly gotten more severe and she is experiencing a lot of pain. 

My question is, do we continue with her pediatric doctor or switch to an adult doctor? 



  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,442


    in my experience one stays with the pediatric until growing has stopped....BUT a spine specialist should be able to handle both and especially young adults....if she's in pain any doctor is going to be better than no doctor, but i would suggest that a spine specialist is in order, and since she is a young adult likely someone that will follow her into adulthood long term.  I hope she can see someone soon and get some help for the pain.  back pain sucks, and whomever said scoliosis doesn't hurt, i think never had it.....good luck to you and your daughter!!!!

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  • I agree with WLLady

    at this point you should find a good doc that will be with her thoughout her adult life. good luck keep us in formed

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  • I agree with WLLady

    at this point you should find a good doc that will be with her thoughout her adult life. good luck keep us in formed

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