Child Orthopedics

Frequently Asked Questions

I had scoliosis when I was a child, and still do. It was horrible to have treated and I still have problems with my back. IF I have children, is there a way to make sure that they don't have it?

Scoliosis can be caused by certain disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy, to name a few. However, 80 percent of patients who have scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, don't have an identifiable cause. Approximately 2 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men who don't have any predisposing disorders or disease, have scoliosis. If someone in your family has scoliosis, you have a higher chance of having it yourself.

Scoliosis treatments are changing and have changed a lot over the past couple of generations.

John H. Moe, MD. A Critical Analysis of Methods of Fusion for Scoliosis: An Evaluation in Two Hundred and Sixty-six Patients. In CLinical Orthopedics & Related Research. July 2007. Vol. 460. Pp. 21-28.

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