Related Conditions and Treatments
Congenital scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that babies are born with. Learn more from Boston Children’s Hospital.
Halo-gravity traction is a method of gently stretching and straightening a compressed or severely curved spine.
Idiopathic scoliosis is one of three different types of scoliosis that causes a lateral curvature of the spine. Learn more from Boston Children’s Hospital.
Infantile scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curve of the spine that affects infants and toddlers. Learn more from Boston Children’s Hospital.
Kyphosis in Children
Kyphosis is an abnormal forward curve in the upper spine.
Lordosis is an exaggerated curve of the spine that typically affects the lower back.
Neuromuscular scoliosis is one of three main types of scoliosis that cause an irregular curvature of the spine.
Pectus carinatum, also known as pigeon chest, is a deformity of the chest wall in which the breastbone and ribs are pushed outward.
Pectus excavatum, also known as concave chest or funnel chest, is a deformity of the chest wall.
Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine has an abnormal curve. A spine with scoliosis curves front to back but also curves sideways.
Scoliosis Bracing for Teens and Tweens
The primary goal of a scoliosis brace is to keep the curve from progressing to the level that surgery is required.
Skeletal dysplasia is a category of rare genetic disorders that cause abnormal development of a baby’s bones, joints, and cartilage.
Spina bifida occurs when the brain, spinal cord, or the membranes that cover them (meninges) do not completely develop.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is any damage to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma, rather than a birth defect or medical condition.
A spinal cord fracture is a break to the cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar vertebrae.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal fusion surgery is the most common surgical treatment for severe scoliosis in adolescents.
Spine problems develop when normal spinal curves grow too large, or the spine curves in the wrong way, or when the vertebrae are not strong enough to support the spine, or injuries that compromise the structure of the spine.
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in the lower back. If left untreated, it can progress to spondylolisthesis, where vertebra, weakened by fracture, slips out of alignment with the rest of the spine.
Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome
Thoracic insufficiency syndrome is a chest wall deformity that interferes with lung function and development.
Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT)
Vertebral body tethering (VBT) is a non-fusion surgical treatment for scoliosis. Learn more from the experts at Boston Children’s Hospital.