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Scoliosis FAQs

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side. Although it is a complex three-dimensional deformity, when it is viewed from the rear on an X-ray, the spine of an individual with typical scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" rather than a straight line.

Who gets scoliosis?

Scoliosis can first appear in young children or even infants, but most often it shows up during middle to late childhood - a time when the spine and the rest of the body goes through a growth spurt. Girls are more likely than boys to develop idiopathic scoliosis.

What are the signs of scoliosis?

One or both shoulder blades may be elevated, the waist may be lopsided, the hips may seem unusually high or the child may lean to one side. Additionally, a rib prominence (hump) may be seen from the back when the child bends forward.

What causes scoliosis?

In most cases, scoliosis arises for no apparent reason; this is called idiopathic scoliosis. Occasionally, scoliosis is the result of an illness, birth defect (such as cerebral palsy) or a malformation of part of the spine during pregnancy; this is called congenital scoliosis.

Lead by Medical Director David Siambanes, DO, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Scoliosis Center can help with scoliosis detection. Call us at (813) 554-8983 to make an appointment or discuss concerns you may have regarding your child's spine.

For more information about our Scoliosis Center, call (813) 554-8983.

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