Scoliosis is a three dimensional twist of the spine that on an x-ray measures more than 10 degrees.
Types of Scoliosis
There are many different types of scoliosis that occur in children of all ages.
The majority of children with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis, which translates to 'unknown cause'. Some cases occur earlier in life (early onset scoliosis), while most occur during puberty (adolescent scoliosis). Generally, this type of scoliosis exists in three age groups: Infantile, Adolescent & Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis.
As congenital implies, congenital scoliosis is a type of scoliosis that occurs due to the bones of the spine forming incorrectly. Some types are rapidly progressive while others are very slow. In some situations, congenital scoliosis may be associated with other conditions.
Neuromuscular scoliosis occurs in children with neurologic diseases such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystophy, amongst others. In general, these curves occur due to a relative weakness of the trunk muscles.
Scoliosis Treatment Options
Our spinal surgeons are recognized experts in spinal surgery, leading the industry in Robotic as well as image guided spinal surgery techniques. Scoliosis treatment options vary based on the type and size of the scoliosis as well as the age of your child. Whether your child needs spinal surgery or is a better fit for a cast or brace, our team will take careful consideration to observe your child's state and give you all of the support and options available to you.
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If your child has recently been diagnosed with scoliosis, schedule an appointment with one of the members of our COA spine team today.