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
The type of spinal stabilization depends on the age of the patient, ambulatory status, and underlying condition. Temporary stabilization may be necessary in young children to allow their lungs to grow maximally. Final instrumentation may require spinal fusion of the front and back of the spine (especially in younger patients to avoid “crankshaft syndrome”). Fusion from the upper thoracic spine to the sacrum and pelvis is common in nonambulators.