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Pediatric Spinal Deformity
Children may experience several types of pediatric spinal deformity, including scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis. Scoliosis and kyphosis involve an abnormal curvature of the spine. Spondylolisthesis refers to a displaced vertebra. If your child has a spinal deformity, you should get a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
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Pediatric Spinal Deformity: What You Need to Know
- Back problems aren’t limited to adults. Children can experience back pain due to a pediatric spinal deformity.
- Common symptoms of a pediatric spinal deformity include lower back pain, walking with a “waddle” or the emergence of a “humpback.” Children as young as 6 can experience a displaced vertebra — sometimes without pain.
- Pediatric spinal deformities may respond to treatment better if caught earlier in life.
- Many pediatric spinal deformities can be treated conservatively, with physical therapy or bracing. When surgery is required, it’s important to choose a highly experienced pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of pediatric spinal deformity?
Our physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in pediatric orthopaedics and play a key role in providing care to our patients and families.
Meet our staff that cares for children with spinal deformities:
Kristen Venuti, C.R.N.P.
Bracing for Scoliosis
Nora describes her everyday experience with a brace to correct scoliosis.
Bracing for Kyphosis
Joshua describes what it is like for him to wear a brace to correct kyphosis.
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