Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves and causes deformity. While some scoliosis patients will need surgery to correct their spine, most patients do not need it. Bracing and other care can often correct the spinal curves caused by scoliosis. Our team at the Herbert J. Louis Center for Pediatric Orthopedics is equipped to diagnose and treat all varieties of scoliosis and spinal deformities.
Scoliosis typically fits into one of three major groups:
- Adolescent idiopathic – Scoliosis that occurs while the child is growing
- Congenital – Scoliosis that is present when the child is born
- Neuromuscular – Scoliosis that accompanies conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy
For children who have mild scoliosis, observation may be the only treatment needed. In that case, patients are monitored by our team with diagnostic imaging tests every six months. If the curve worsens, other treatments may be explored.
Since the age of six, Trevor has undergone 10 surgeries to correct his scoliosis. Watch his incredible story!
Bracing is also an option for children who have scoliosis and who do not require surgery. For those who have severe spine curvature, spine surgery is an important option. Learn more about our Spine Surgery Program.