Scoliosis, a type of spinal deformity, is a lateral curvature in the normally straight vertical line of the spine. The normal spine curves gently backward (kyphosis) in the upper back and gently inward in the lower back (lordosis).

Anyone in their early teens can develop scoliosis, but it is most common in girls. Although the cause of scoliosis is unknown, it does tend to run in families. Early diagnosis is important because often the progression of the curve can be prevented with proper bracing. The management of scoliosis is individualized for each adult or pediatric patient depending on age, amount of curvature and amount of time remaining for skeletal growth.

The three basic treatments for scoliosis are observation, orthopedic bracing and surgery. Springfield Clinic’s board-certified and fellowship-trained spine specialists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis.