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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa

12502 USF Pine Drive Tampa, FL 33612-9411

Tampa, FL


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Scoliosis and spine care

From common idiopathic adolescent scoliosis to the most complex young spine deformities, we believe each child deserves an individualized treatment plan using the most advanced and innovative techniques.

Conditions treated:

Types of scoliosis:

Signs of scoliosis

Scoliosis can be hereditary, and it is recommended that a child who has a parent or sibling diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis receive regular check-ups for early detection. Children and teens with scoliosis rarely exhibit symptoms, and sometimes the condition is not obvious until the curvature of the spine becomes severe. Sometimes you may notice that your child’s clothes are not fitting correctly or that hems are not hanging evenly. In some cases, your child’s spine may appear crooked or their ribs may protrude. Some markers to watch for in a child who has scoliosis are:

Nonsurgical treatment options


Nonoperative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis:

Mehta casting

For infantile scoliosis when the curve is progressive:

Growing systems

Expandable devices used in growing children with scoliosis:

Surgical treatment

Spinal fusion surgery

Spinal fusion surgery is recommended to correct a curve or stop it from progressing when the patient is still growing and has a curve that is greater than 50 degrees. Rods and screws are attached to the curved part of the backbone and the spine is straightened. Small pieces of bone graft are then put over the spine. This will grow together with the spinal bone, fusing it into the proper position. A spinal fusion helps prevent progression to severe deformity.