Key points about scoliosis in children
- Scoliosis is a deformity of the backbone (spine). It’s when the spine has a side-to-side curve.
- A child with scoliosis has a spine with an S or C shape. The child may look like he or she is leaning to one side.
- Scoliosis can cause a difference in shoulder or hip height.
- X-rays can measure the curve of a child’s spine.
- Depending on how bad the scoliosis is, your child may need a brace or surgery.
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Scoliosis Treatment at Children's National Hospital
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Providers Who Treat Scoliosis
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