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Patients come here from around the world for their scoliosis treatment. We're happy to be able to provide world-class care for them and for our local patients.
--Spinal Program Team, Orthopedic Center
If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, we know that you and your family are under stress. So, at Boston Children’s Hospital, we’ll approach your child’s treatment with sensitivity and support—for your child and your whole family.
You can have peace of mind knowing that the team in the Boston Children’s Spinal Program has treated many children with spinal problems—some of which are so rare that few pediatric doctors have come across them—and we can offer you expert diagnosis, treatment and care. Scoliosis is not usually a life-threatening condition, and most children grow up to lead normal, active lives.
Scoliosis is a condition in which the 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.
The Scoliosis Research Society defines scoliosis as a curvature of the spine measuring 10 degrees or greater on x-ray. The condition isn’t rare. It mainly affects girls—many of whom have mild forms of scoliosis, are never even aware of it, and never need treatment.
Three to five children out of every 1,000 develop spinal curves that are considered large enough to require treatment. Idiopathic scoliosis does tend to run in families, although no one genetic link has been confirmed.
Scoliosis occurs, and is treated, as three main types:
Scoliosis: Reviewed by M. Timothy Hresko, MD
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