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
When your child's congenital spine anomaly is first diagnosed, no one will know exactly how much the spine deformity will progress as the child grows. There are some clues, however. Anomalies in the thoracic spine tend to progress more. Multiple fully-segmented hemivertebrae on the same side of the spine also tend to progress more. A hemivertebra opposite a set of fused vertebrae is the most likely combination to progress as the child grows. Because the most rapid period of spinal growth is in the first 5 years of life, and then at adolescence, these are the two times when the congenital curvature must be monitored most closely.