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Pediatric Scoliosis


Key points about scoliosis in children

  • Scoliosis is a deformity of the backbone (spine). It’s when the spine has a side-to-side curve.
  • A child with scoliosis has a spine with an S or C shape. The child may look like he or she is leaning to one side.
  • Scoliosis can cause a difference in shoulder or hip height.
  • X-rays can measure the curve of a child’s spine.
  • Depending on how bad the scoliosis is, your child may need a brace or surgery.

Prevention and Risk Assessment



Children's Team

Children's Team


Shannon McClure-Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Ben Martin

Benjamin Martin

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Matthew Oetgen

Matthew Oetgen

Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine


Scoliosis Traction Program

Learn how our Scoliosis Traction Program administers halo-gravity traction, a form of treatment that can help to gradually straighten your child's spine over time and decrease their curve prior to spinal fusion surgery.

Spine Program

Children’s National offers children with spinal deformities a range of treatments, including innovative casting techniques, and hope for a bright future.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.