Scoliosis is a curving of your spine from side to side. While some sideways curve is natural, people with scoliosis have an extreme curve that can resemble the letter S or C.
Through our team approach, our specialists provide personalized treatment for scoliosis, using nonsurgical options when possible. Our advanced treatments for children, adolescents and adults include different types of back braces and scoliosis surgery.
Our comprehensive spine treatments make it easier for you to get back to the activities that matter most to you. People choose us because we offer:
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In most cases, doctors don’t know what causes scoliosis. The less common types of scoliosis may result from a disease, injury, infection or birth defect. Types of scoliosis include:
Severe cases of scoliosis can be disabling and even cause deformities. Visible symptoms of scoliosis include:
If you have scoliosis, you might also experience symptoms like fatigue, low back pain or difficulty breathing.
To start, your doctor will examine you and investigate any numbness, weakness or problems with your reflexes. If examining a child, the doctor may ask them to bend over, which makes it easier to see the curve of the spine.
You or your child may also need tests to confirm your diagnosis, including:
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The decision to treat scoliosis is a personal choice based on many factors. These factors include the severity and location of the curve, as well as your age and gender.
In children with scoliosis, girls have a higher risk of the condition getting worse over time than boys. However, many children who have scoliosis don’t need treatment. Instead, your child’s doctor will schedule regular follow-up visits to check that the condition isn’t getting worse.
In other cases, you or your child may require one of the following treatments: