My daughter’s pediatrician told me that my daughter has scoliosis and may eventually need surgery to correct it. I’m sure the doctor explained it to me, but I was shell-shocked and I don’t think I heard everything. What is scoliosis?

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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Everyone’s spine curves a little, but the spines of people with scoliosis curve more dramatically and may resemble the letter “C” or “S.” The condition is more common in girls. The curving usually worsens during a growth spurt.


There are usually no symptoms, but some people with scoliosis experience the following:

  • Back pain, particularly in the lower back;
  • Tiredness in the back after long periods of sitting or standing;
  • Uneven hips or shoulders (one side may be higher than the other); or
  • The spine curving more to one side.


Most people with idiopathic scoliosis (in which the cause is unknown) need no treatment, but your daughter should be checked by a doctor about every six months. Treatment depends on several factors:

  • The cause of scoliosis;
  • Where the curve is in the spine;
  • How dramatic the curve is; and 
  • Whether the body is still growing.

Since your daughter is still growing, her doctor may recommend a back brace to prevent further curving. Back braces work best on children older than ten years and can be adjusted as they grow. In some cases, spinal surgery is recommended.

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