The Different Types of Pediatric Scoliosis

The words ‘pediatric scoliosis’ tend to be used as an all-encompassing term for the condition affecting children and adolescents. If we break it down, however, there is much more to it. There are distinct categories for the condition that vary based on the reason for the curvature of the spine.

Let’s begin with congenital scoliosis. This condition is the rarest and it involves a spine deformity that’s been present since the child’s birth. It is typically caused by vertebrae that fail to form normally, only form partially, or even bones missing from the spine entirely. It is also among the rarest forms of scoliosis, affecting roughly one in every 10,000 births.

The second most common type is neuromuscular scoliosis which, as its name suggests, typically involves a disorder in the muscular or nervous system such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.

Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common of all scoliosis types and is often the cause in the majority of cases involving the condition. However, unlike the aforementioned two, its underlying cause remains unknown. This type of scoliosis frequently appears in children age ten to twelve.

Dr. Asghar at the Cantor Spine Institute has many years of real world experience helping young patients find relief from pediatric scoliosis. Schedule your appointment today to discuss treatment options.

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