Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal, side-to-side curvature of the spine. Typical spinal curves, front-to-back, assist the body in balance and movement. Horizontal curves, however, serve no useful purpose and can even be harmful or painful. Some individuals are born with scoliosis forwhile others develop scoliosis because of another medical condition.

The most common form of scoliosis is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).

AIS usually becomes evident during times of puberty, between the ages of 10 and 18. The word “idiopathic” means that there is no known cause. AIS is worsened during times of significant growth spurts. It occurs more frequently in girls than boys, and between 2% and 3% of all children between the ages of 10 and 16 have some degree of AIS. Symptoms of AIS include backache, fatigue, uneven hips and shoulders, and a horizontal curvature of the spine.

AIS requires early detection and prompt, definitive treatment.

Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics offers state of the art AIS treatments yielding excellent outcomes. We understand that AIS affects children who are developing physically and emotionally. The diagnosis can leave children feeling vulnerable and embarrassed. It is Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics’ goal to provide a nurturing and compassionate environment and to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of all our patients. We strive to correct AIS with as little recovery time as possible.