Children with Scoliosis

It is estimated that scoliosis affects about 7 million children in the United States and occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. Idiopathic scoliosis, which means the condition’s cause is unknown, is the most common type of scoliosis affecting children.

For most children, scoliosis treatment isn’t necessary, as the condition is usually painless and will resolve itself as the child’s spine continues to grow. However, a child with any degree of scoliosis should continue to be closely observed by a medical professional in case the condition worsens and necessitates treatment.

If treatment is required, a back brace may be sufficient. There is a small number of children with severe scoliosis, though, who will need surgery because the severity of their condition could lead to serious damage to the chest, heart, lungs, spine, or pelvis.