Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops an S- or C-shaped curve or twist. In a minority of cases, scoliosis is present from birth (congenital); more often the condition develops in adolescence. 


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Though congenital scoliosis is present from birth, it is sometimes not noticed and diagnosed until adolescence. Scoliosis can run in families. You are more likely to develop scoliosis if your parent or sibling has the condition.

Signs of scoliosis include one shoulder higher than the other, an uneven waistline, or one shoulder blade projecting out more than the other. These often develop slowly and become apparent at about age 10 to 15. Scoliosis can be caused by cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, but in most cases the cause remains unknown.

A serious spinal curve that isn’t treated can become worse over time and may even be disabling. More serious cases of scoliosis can also cause problems such as difficulty fitting clothes, back pain, arthritis in the back or, in rare cases, heart and breathing problems.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective treatments for scoliosis. The care team at our Orthopaedic Clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research, and meaningful educational programs for all of our patients.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Spinal Surgery

Traditional spine surgery consists of using bone grafts to fuse adjacent vertebrae, stabilizing your spine and providing relief from your pain. In the process, however, you may lose some range of motion. New artificial disks may enable you to maintain your range of motion.
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Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. Other reasons include genetic disorders, such as scoliosis, as well as surgeriews where an intervention is required in order for the affected area to heal properly.
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