Scoliosis is an “s” shaped deformity of the spine. It can be idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown, which is the case in some teens; secondary to congenital anomalies present at birth; or a systemic/generalized skeletal problem, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, etc.
Scoliosis treatment is fairly well standardized and takes into consideration the child’s age as well as the cause of scoliosis. It involves observation, bracing and, if these fail, surgery. Your pediatric orthopedic surgeon can help your family best decide which treatment plan is best for your child.