Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that most often is diagnosed in adolescents. While this spine condition can occur in people with conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most childhood cases is unknown.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some curves worsen as children grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve is getting worse. In many cases, no treatment is necessary. Some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening. Others may need surgery to straighten severe curves.
The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.