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At what ages do pediatric orthopaedic surgeons manage scoliosis?

Steven M. Scott, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

There are no absolute age parameters. Depending on the severity of the curve and the type of scoliosis (there are a number of causes), pediatric orthopedic surgeons might initiate care in an infant as young as one year, and then extend on-going management of a young adult into the mid-twenties. Initial management of a very young child might be limited to diagnosis of the spinal deformity and assessment of related cardiac, neurologic or urinary abnormalities. It might require no further evaluation, or could require periodic radiographs and exams and even surgery as the child grows. Typically, treatment, from a pediatric surgeon standpoint, ends during late adolescence unless there are complicating associated disabilities best treated in a pediatric center: cardiac anomalies, genetic syndromes, spina bifida and other neurologic disorders like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, for example.

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