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Pediatric Scoliosis

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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

Diagnosis

Treatment

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Katie Endres

Katharine Endres

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma and Spine Specialist
Diana Hines, CPNP, CPNP-PC

Diana Hines

Nurse Practitioner
Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Shannon McClure-Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Spine, Cerebral Palsy and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Ben Martin

Benjamin Martin

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Spine, Hip and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Matthew Oetgen

Matthew Oetgen

Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Spine, Hip and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Jeffrey Peck, M.D.

Jeffrey Peck

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip, Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Leanne Sellier

Leanne Sellier

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Trauma and Spine Specialist
Lindsay Weigley

Lindsay Weigley

Physician Assistant
Bone Health, General Pediatric Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Nancy Zonarich

Nancy Zonarich

Physician Assistant
General Pediatric Orthopaedics, Bone Tumors, Cerebral Palsy, Spine Specialist
Our Stories

Our Stories

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Gabriella's Story

For Gabriella, scoliosis surgery changed her life — in more ways than she expected. Read Gabriella's Story.

Departments

Departments

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.