Scoliosis Resource Center
Idiopathic (no known cause) scoliosis is a complex 3 dimensional deformity of the spinal column. Scoliosis occurs in approximately 3-5% of the population and progresses to a treatable level more often in females than males. There are four types of idiopathic scoliosis based on the age when your scoliosis develops:
- Infantile scoliosis: develops from birth to age 3 years of age
- Juvenile scoliosis: develops between the ages of 3-9
- Adolescent scoliosis: develops from age 10 to 18 and is the most common form approximately 80%
- Adult scoliosis: often referred to as degenerative or de novo develops in adulthood
There are other forms of scoliosis that have a known cause such as congenital scoliosis which generally involves deformation of bone and neuromuscular scoliosis where the spinal curvature is a by-product of paralysis or motor control. These forms of scoliosis will not be discussed in the article section and often do not respond to non surgical treatment methods.
There are currently 40,000 scoliosis fusion surgeries performed annually in the United States with an estimated rate of complications of 25%. Our goal is to educate the public in regards to the potential side effect of this highly invasive surgery and to provide solutions for patients who wish to avoid scoliosis surgery. Our doctors are all actively treating scoliosis patients from around the world and we are dedicated to finding a better way, not only to reduce and stabilize existing curvature but also to alleviate pain and dysfunction caused from living with scoliosis as an adult. We are driven by a need to decrease the number of surgeries performed on adolescent children and feel one of the best ways to start this is by education.
Our articles section is designed to provide a resource for both patients and parents seeking to better educate themselves regarding this complex spinal condition.