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Scoliosis: Frequently Asked Questions

Scoliosis is a common condition that affects many children and adolescents. Simply defined, scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine. Instead of a straight line down the middle of the back, a spine with scoliosis curves, sometimes looking like a letter "C" or "S."

Children with scoliosis and their parents have a lot of questions about the condition. Here, orthopaedic surgeons from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Scoliosis Research Society answer some of the questions they most commonly hear from patients and their parents.

(Left) Normal spine anatomy. (Right) Scoliosis can make the spine look more like the letters "C" or "S".
Introduction to Scoliosis

There are several different types of scoliosis that affect children. By far, the most common type of scoliosis is "idiopathic," which means the exact cause is not known.

This article provides answers to questions parents and their children often have when first diagnosed with scoliosis. Information about causes, screenings, and current research is also included in this section.

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Treatment Options for Scoliosis

In planning your child's treatment, your doctor will take into account how severe your child's curve is and where it occurs in the spine. Your child's age is also an important factor — if your child's spine is still growing, it will affect treatment choices. Your doctor will determine how likely it is that the curve will get worse, and then suggest treatment options to meet your child's specific needs.

This article answers common questions about treatment options, including bracing and alternative methods.

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Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis

Most scoliosis surgeons agree that children who have very severe curves (50 degrees and higher) will need surgery to lessen the curve and prevent it from getting worse.

This article answers common questions about the surgical procedure, as well as questions about recovery.

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Scoliosis Surgery: Things to Consider

Many details need to be considered when planning for scoliosis surgery. This article provides answers to common questions about cost, risks and complications, as well as concerns teenagers have about how they will look after surgery.

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Growing Up With Scoliosis

This section addresses questions teenagers often have about what adulthood is like with scoliosis.

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Last reviewed: March 2011

Reviewed by members of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society

AAOS does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products, or physicians referenced herein. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon, or locate one in your area through the AAOS "Find an Orthopaedist" program on this website.
Copyright 2011 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Related Links
Introduction to Scoliosis (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00633)
Treatment Options for Scoliosis (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00636)
Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00638)
Scoliosis Surgery: Things to Consider (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00641)
Frequently Asked Questions About Growing Up With Scoliosis (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00643)
Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00353)
Congenital Scoliosis (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00576)
Spine Basics (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00575)
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