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What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition of the spine in which the spine curves to varying degrees in an "S" shape, either to the right or left side. Scoliosis is diagnosed as one of three types:

  • Idiopathic – in which the cause or origin is unknown.
  • Congenital – in which the bones are asymmetrical at birth.
  • Neuromuscular – in which the scoliosis is symptomatic of a systemic condition, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or paralysis.

How is scoliosis treated?

Symptoms and treatments depend greatly on the type of scoliosis a person has, and the age at which they develop it. Learn more about scoliosis types and treatment from the articles listed below.

Led by highly specialized orthopedic surgeons, HSS Spine is recognized as a world leader in the management of complex spinal deformities in both children and adults.

In-depth overview articles

Get detailed information on the various types of scoliosis and how they affect people of different ages.

Diagnosing scoliosis with radiological imaging

Understand how doctors use X-rays and other imaging technologies to recognize scoliosis.

Treatment articles

Read detailed accounts of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for scoliosis.

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