How does structural scoliosis affect children differently than adults?

Structural scoliosis typically occurs in children who are still growing, especially before entering puberty. Most cases of structural scoliosis in adults were actually present in the patient's childhood, but not diagnosed until adulthood. However, untreated structural scoliosis can lead to spinal arthritis in adults.

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Does scoliosis always require treatment?
Luke Macyszyn, MDLuke Macyszyn, MD
Most scoliosis does not require treatment. Children with curvatures under 30 degrees usually do not ...
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When should I call my doctor if I suspect my child has scoliosis?
Call the doctor if you notice any potential symptoms of scoliosis in your child including: a cur...
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What are treatment options for infantile scoliosis?
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Treatment for infantile scoliosis is based on the degree of curvature and the possibility of the con...
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At what ages do pediatric orthopaedic surgeons manage scoliosis?
Steven M. Scott, MDSteven M. Scott, MD
There are no absolute age parameters. Depending on the severity of the curve and the type of scolios...
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