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Pediatric Scoliosis

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

The Scoliosis Traction Program at Children's National Hospital offers advanced treatments to improve spinal deformity over time. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Scoliosis

Departments that Treat Scoliosis

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Spinal Fusion Surgical Home

Children's National is home to the nation's first pediatric spinal fusion surgical home, helping us to deliver safe, effective and family-centered care.

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Spine Program

Children's National offers children with spinal deformities a range of treatments, including innovative casting techniques, and hope for a bright future.

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Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children's National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation, with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.