Child Orthopedics


Frequently Asked Questions

How old is a child when scoliosis is usually found?

There are different types of scoliosis that can affect a child. One type, infant idiopathic scoliosis affects children under 3 years old and it is usually discovered when the child is between 6 and 12 months old. This type of scoliosis often corrects itself, although many children do need bracing or surgery.

The more common types of scoliosis with which the general public are familiar include juvenile and adolescent. There is an adult scoliosis, but this is rare.

Juvenile scoliosis is diagnosed with the child is between 3 and 10 years old. Adolescent scoliosis is diagnosed in children between 10 and 18 (adulthood).

Todd L. Lincoln, MD. Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. In The American Journal of Orthopedics. November 2007. Vol. 36. No. 11. pp. 586-590.

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