Scoliosis - What Happens
Idiopathic scoliosis, the most common type, does not have a known cause. Children who have this type of scoliosis usually first develop symptoms between the ages of 8 and 10. Most cases of scoliosis are mild, involving small curves in the spine that do no
Scoliosis - Topic Overview
What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a problem with the curve in your spine. Some curves in your spine are normal. But a few people have spines that make a large curve from side to side in the shape of the letter 'S' or the letter 'C.' If this curve is severe,
Scoliosis - When To Call a Doctor
Call your health professional to have your child evaluated for scoliosis if: You observe a curve in your child's spine.You notice that something about your child's posture looks unusual, such as ribs that stick out, one shoulder that is higher than the ot
Scoliosis - Treatment Overview
The goal of treatment for scoliosis is to prevent the spinal curve from getting worse and to correct or stabilize a severe spinal curve. Fortunately, less than 10% of people who have spinal curves of more than 10 degrees require treatment. The type of tre
Scoliosis - What Increases Your Risk
Factors that increase a person's risk for scoliosis include: Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children - especially daughters - of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.Being female. Girls between the ag
Scoliosis - Symptoms
In children and teens, scoliosis generally does not cause symptoms and is not obvious until the curve of the spine becomes severe. It may first become noticeable to a parent who observes that the child's clothes do not fit right or that hems hang unevenly
Scoliosis - Home Treatment
If your child or teen has been diagnosed with mild scoliosis and has a spinal curve of less than 25 degrees, it is important that a doctor check the child's spine every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse.
Scoliosis - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I (or my child) have surgery for scoliosis?
Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis
In spinal fusion for scoliosis, rods, hooks, wires, or screws are attached to the curved part of the backbone and the spine is straightened. Small pieces of bone are then put over the spine.
Scoliosis - Other Treatment
Treatment other than surgery for scoliosis includes: Observation. In a child who is still growing, a spinal curve that is less than 25 degrees may require only regular checkups every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse. And wearing a b