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Scoliosis Treatment

Scoliosis is sometimes referred to as “curvature of the spine.” In scoliosis, the spine makes an abnormal, side-to-side curve. Often, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. But what we do know is that poor posture does not cause scoliosis.

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Scoliosis Treatment: What You Need to Know

  • Scoliosis is often first diagnosed in children, but treatment and monitoring may be lifelong.
  • Early intervention yields the best results when treating scoliosis.
  • Common signs of scoliosis include a difference in shoulder height when viewed from the back, a head that is not centered with the rest of the body, or a difference in hip height or position.
  • Scoliosis usually doesn’t cause pain.
  • Bracing is a common treatment for scoliosis. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

Skeletal Reconstruction | Owen's Story

At a very young age, Owen was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that severely affected his bones. Owen had advanced scoliosis and twisting in his legs, knees and feet that made walking challenging.

But Owen’s parents were determined to help their son get the medical care he needed to live a life with fewer limitations. Their search led them to Johns Hopkins where pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Paul Sponseller knew how to approach Owen’s complex condition.

Dr. Sponseller holding a model of a deformed spine

Our Scoliosis Specialists

Meet our supporting staff of physician assistants and nurse practitioners who play a key role in providing care to our patients and their families:

Kristen Venuti, C.R.N.P.
Karen Wille, P.A.
Tresie Yost, C.R.N.P.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Overview for Patients and Healthcare Providers

Spine surgeon Amit Jain, M.D., gives a case presentation of a 13-year-old patient with idiopathic scoliosis, covering diagnosis and treatment approach.

Sophie doing Schroth exercises for scoliosis with a physical therapist Peiting Lien.

Physical Therapy for Scoliosis: Sophie's Story

Sophie’s mom noticed her daughter’s scoliosis during a quick test that any parent can do at home. Thanks to Sophie’s early diagnosis, nighttime bracing and Schroth exercises guided by physical therapist Peiting Lien, Sophie can keep scoliosis in check without surgery.

Read Sophie's story.

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