Scoliosis

A child with scoliosis dancing

Avid dancer Rachel soars through the air six months after her spinal fusion surgery for idiopathic scoliosis. (Photo by Keith Johnson)

Scoliosis in children can cause the spine to curve from side to side, like an "S" or a "C." 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. But scoliosis in children can still be an overwhelming and upsetting condition. We understand — that’s why we’ve devoted our careers to helping kids, like yours, achieve their dreams, whatever they might be.

 
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All of us have a little curvature in our spines. We need a certain amount so we can balance, move and walk. However, scioliosis in children 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.

The types of scoliosis in children we treat include:
  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: “Idiopathic” just means the cause of the condition is unknown, but it is most likely genetic.
  • Congenital scoliosis: When a child is born with abnormally shaped vertebral bones that occurred in the mother’s womb during the baby’s development. As the baby grows, a curve may develop.
  • Early onset scoliosis: Diagnosed in children less than 9 years old, even in infants (also sometimes called "infantile scoliosis" or "juvenile scoliosis").
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis: Often happens in children with conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy, when the spine curves because weak muscles can’t support the spine bones.
  • Syndromic scoliosis: When the condition is part of a syndrome like Marfan, neurofibromatosis, Prader-Willi, Friedreich’s ataxia, etc.

Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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A Full Range of Services for Treating Scoliosis
in Children

Our pediatric orthopedic spinal surgeons have dedicated their careers to the treatment of scoliosis in children. We take the time to explain the diagnosis and treatment in terms you can understand, present all the alternatives, and invite your family’s input into the treatment plan for your child.

The Nemours Difference

Our collaborative approach to treating scoliosis in children offers the combined expertise of our team of pediatric experts from several different specialties.

We Offer a Full Range of Services

Our services for treating scoliosis in children include:

  • genetic testing
  • fusionless treatment
  • minimally invasive surgery. With this type of surgery, we’re able to correct curvature while decreasing neurological injury and infection. Plus, your child’s hospital stay is less than the national average

We are a national leader in the non-operative treatment of scoliosis in children, often using special bracing techniques (including the Wilmington brace) to control curve progression. And our certified orthotists can often fabricate a custom brace for your child on the day it is prescribed by our doctors.