No identifiable cause is determined in the overwhelming majority of children with scoliosis. This is described as idiopathic scoliosis.
In general, bracing or casting of flexible spinal curves can effect dramatic changes.
Unfortunately, not all children with idiopathic scoliosis can be adequately treated without surgery.
Revolutionary growth modulating spinal surgery, specifically designed to preserve motion segments, is being performed by the pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Peds Ortho here in Southwest Florida for selected children with moderate to severe idiopathic scoliosis. This type of surgery helps the spine “adjust” to the correct position as the patient grows.
When definitive surgical management is elected to correct scoliosis, spinal fusion using strong rod and screw constructs are performed regularly by the pediatric orthopedic surgeons of Peds Ortho.
Some spinal deformities are caused by congenital anomalies of development and require complex surgical intervention by the pediatric orthopedic surgeon.