Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that can
occur at birth or later in life. Instead of a straight line, the spine will
appear like an “S” or “C” and curve sideways. This condition is most common in
children and adolescents but can also affect adults.
While scoliosis can be mild and resolve by itself, more
severe cases that cause pain, breathing problems or interfere with daily
activities will require intervention. Nonsurgical methods like a brace can be
used to help straighten the back for spine curvature above 20 degrees, while
surgery may be needed for curvature above 40 degrees. Children and adolescents
with scoliosis usually have surgery to correct spine curvature once their bones
have stopped growing.
Leaders in Scoliosis Surgery
Wake Forest Baptist physicians have unique expertise to
perform advanced reconstruction spine surgeries. We specialize in surgical
treatment of the aging spine with deformity or scoliosis correction, using a
technique with rods.
Learn more about pediatric scoliosis in the KidsHealth® encyclopedia at Brenner Children's Hospital.
Request a scoliosis appointment with a Wake Forest Baptist Health spine specialist.