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Fixing Life’s Curves

Girl being checked for scoliosis.

Scoliosis is when the bones of the spine curve from side to side instead of being straight. If the curve gets large enough, it can be painful and cause problems. Nemours orthopedic surgeons and other scoliosis specialists have the experience and skills to diagnose and treat scoliosis as your child grows.

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Services We Offer

Nemours has a strong reputation for excellence in scoliosis care, so we’re able to attract the best experts. Our scoliosis teams offer a full range of services, including:

  • diagnosis and evaluation of all types of scoliosis
  • regular check-ups and X-rays to see if curves are increasing
  • bracing to help prevent curves from getting worse
  • physical therapy to shape and strengthen the spine
  • Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) — an option that allows for greater flexibility and growth of the spine
  • scoliosis surgery for kids with severe curves

Our team includes specialists from many different fields such as:

Scoliosis treatment and support services may vary depending on the location.

Why Choose Us

Families bring their children to Nemours because we’ve led the way in diagnosing, treating and researching scoliosis for more than 50 years. We even invented one of the most common braces used around the world to treat scoliosis — the Wilmington Brace, designed at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware We also participate in ongoing studies and clinical trials to look for better ways to diagnose and treat scoliosis and other orthopedic conditions. And, year after year, many on our team are recognized as "Best Doctors in America®" .

Regional Scoliosis Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Award for Orthopedic Care 2018-19

At the Spine and Scoliosis Center, we offer scoliosis surgery and treatment at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.).

  • regularly ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country for pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report (Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware)
  • only pediatric rehabilitation program in the greater Philadelphia region accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • one of the best-known pediatric orthopedic practices in the nation and the world
  • nationally recognized scoliosis/spinal deformities program
  • safer medical imaging through Nobel Prize-winning EOS imaging technology that delivers far less radiation than conventional X-rays and CT scans
  • one of the first pediatric hospitals in the country to use the innovative “MAGnetic Expansion Control” (“MAGEC”) spine-straightening technology, greatly reducing the number of times young kids need surgery
  • state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative imaging (radiology tests during the operation that allow our surgeons to see inside the body), LED lighting and high-definition cameras — to give our surgeons the best possible visibility
  • on-site brace fitting, orthotic and prosthetic shops
  • certified occupational therapists
  • certified physical therapists trained in the Schroth Method (special exercises for children with scoliosis)
  • one of the nation’s largest pediatric training programs for orthopedic residents and fellows 
  • participants in national organizations (the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation , Scoliosis Research Society and the Children’s Spine Foundation )

Learn More About the Spine and Scoliosis Center

We offer scoliosis surgery and treatment at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

We offer scoliosis surgery and treatment at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, connected by a walkway.) 

We offer scoliosis surgery and treatment at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola.

  • expertise in evaluating treating kids with scoliosis
  • on-site imaging services
  • on-site casting, orthotic and prosthetic shops
  • access, if needed, to other Nemours medical and surgical specialties

Patient Stories

Teen-aged girl, Gabby, tells her scoliosis story.

Sometimes the best support and peace of mind comes from families who’ve been there. Meet some of the inspiring kids we’ve been honored to treat.

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Scheduled Specialist Online Visits

Nemours now offers scheduled specialist appointments through live video chat. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.

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Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

KidsHealth Library

Learn more about your child’s medical condition from the experts at Nemours’ KidsHealth.