Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
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Normal spine anatomy (Left). Scoliosis can make the spine look more like the letters "C" or "S" (Right).
Normal spine anatomy (Left). Scoliosis can make the spine look
more like the letters "C" or "S" (Right) .

Frequently Asked Scoliosis Questions

Scoliosis is a common condition that affects many children and adolescents. Simply defined, scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine. Instead of a straight line down the middle of the back, a spine with scoliosis curves, sometimes looking like a letter "C" or "S."

Children with scoliosis and their parents have a lot of questions about the condition. Here, orthopaedic surgeons from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Scoliosis Research Society answer some of the questions they most commonly hear from patients and their parents.

Introduction to Scoliosis
There are several different types of scoliosis that affect children. By far, the most common type of scoliosis is "idiopathic," which means the exact cause is not known.

This article provides answers to questions parents and their children often have when first diagnosed with scoliosis. Information about causes, screenings, and current research is also included in this section.

[ Introduction to Scoliosis ]

Treatment Options for Scoliosis
In planning your child's treatment, your doctor will take into account how severe your child's curve is and where it occurs in the spine. Your child's age is also an important factor — if your child's spine is still growing, it will affect treatment choices. Your doctor will determine how likely it is that the curve will get worse, and then suggest treatment options to meet your child's specific needs.

This article answers common questions about treatment options, including bracing and alternative methods.

[ Treatment Options for Scoliosis ]

Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis
Most scoliosis surgeons agree that children who have very severe curves (50 degrees and higher) will need surgery to lessen the curve and prevent it from getting worse.

This article answers common questions about the surgical procedure, as well as questions about recovery.

[ Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis ]

Scoliosis Surgery: Things to Consider
Many details need to be considered when planning for scoliosis surgery. This article provides answers to common questions about cost, risks and complications, as well as concerns teenagers have about how they will look after surgery.

[ Scoliosis Surgery: Things to Consider ]

Growing Up With Scoliosis
This section addresses questions teenagers often have about what adulthood is like with scoliosis.

[ Growing Up With Scoliosis ]

Congenital Scoliosis
Early Onset Scoliosis
About Early Onset Scoliosis
Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis
Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome
Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis
Idiopathic Scoliosis