Idiopathic Scoliosis

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If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis may have questions about her treatment. The caregivers in the Boston Children’s Hospital Spinal Program have treated many children with scoliosis and spinal conditions — some of which are so rare that few pediatric doctors have come across them — and we can offer you expert diagnosis, treatment and care.

Our Spinal Program team has developed innovative treatments for scoliosis, including the Boston Brace — the most widely used scoliosis brace — and participated in the landmark Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST). And because our research informs our treatment, we’re known for our science-driven, experience-based approach.

We will approach your child’s care with sensitivity and support — for your child and your whole family. Most children with scoliosis grow up to lead healthy, active lives.


What is idiopathic scoliosis?

“Idiopathic” simply means that there is no definite cause for a given disease or condition. Idiopathic scoliosis is a condition in which the child’s spine—in addition to the normal front to back curvature—has an abnormal side-to-side “S”- or “C”-shaped curvature. The spine is also rotated or twisted, pulling the ribs along with it to form a multidimensional curve.

Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of the condition, and it mainly affects adolescent girls.

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