Spine and Scoliosis Center
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
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Avid dancer Rachel is back to soaring through the air six months after her spinal fusion surgery for idiopathic scoliosis.
(Photo by Keith Johnson)
Spinal deformities can have a major effect on kids' ribs, chest wall and trunk, and their ability to breathe, walk, or just be "normal."
That's why we want to help children feel and be their best — whatever kind of spinal deformity they face. As experts in spine care, we specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of pediatric spinal deformities.
One of the main conditions we treat is scoliosis, which causes the spine to curve from side to side, like an "S" or a "C."
All of us have a little curvature in our spines. We need a certain amount so we can balance, move and walk. But three out of 100 people have scoliosis, and the condition can be so mild that it doesn't affect a child’s life and requires no medical treatment.
However, a curved spine can be visible, causing the body to tilt to the left or right, and it may make kids feel uncomfortable (physically and emotionally). If a curve is severe, it can even affect breathing and heart function, and lead to damage in the joints of the spine and pain during adulthood. So sometimes, kids with scoliosis may need to wear a back brace or have surgery to correct the problem.
KidsHealth.org, Nemours' most-visited children's health website in the world, provides in-depth information about your child's condition, diagnosis, and treatment.
“Do what you have to do to get to where you want to be.” This is the thought that fueled AJ as he recovered from spine surgery.
Having had spine surgery just 4 weeks earlier, Anna never thought she would be going to her senior prom and, most definitely, not in a backless dress. But she did.
Bill always knew he had had poor posture because, for the past 14 years, his mom often reminded him to “sit up straight.”
For nearly a year, there were signs that something was wrong. First, it was the pain in her legs and a loss of flexibility. Then her gait (how she walked) changed.
To see Gavin now, riding his bike, playing sports and beginning first grade, you’d never know what he's been through in his 6 years of life.
To look at James today, an active teenager and competitive swimmer, you would never know that he spent more than 8 years of his life battling scoliosis. And he won.
Kelly was suddenly catapulted from an innocent, routine “school check” to a condition for which surgery was the only realistic option.
Sammy was diagnosed with a dramatic 104-degree curve in her thoracic spine, resulting from congenital scoliosis. The only way to resolve a curve this severe was through surgery.
When Tara was 10, her family chiropractor sensed something wasn’t right and ordered a spinal X-ray, which revealed a slight S-curve.
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