Teens who have undergone spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis offer advice and encouragement to other teenagers facing the same procedure.
Casey was diagnosed with scoliosis at 10. At age 17, she had scoliosis surgery at CHOC Hospital. Today, she’s a thriving college student.
Jennifer was diagnosed with scoliosis at 8 years old. After lifestyle changes and wearing a back brace, she was able to avoid surgery.
Nikki was among the first patients at CHOC to benefit from personalized spinal implants as part of her scoliosis surgery.
Ellie was a typical seventh grade student who enjoyed playing volleyball when, during a routine physical, her pediatrician noticed that one shoulder appeared to be a little higher than the other. Her mom was told to keep an eye on it, but since it was minor, not to worry. A few months later, minor back […]
During a routine check for scoliosis during physical education class in seventh grade, a teacher noticed a slight curve in Jessica’s spine. A trip to her pediatrician soon followed. X-rays showed a thirty degree curve and since that was considered slight, follow-up imaging was recommended for a year later. By that time Jessica’s curve worsened […]
Scoliosis is the a sideways [“S” or “C”-shaped curvature] shifting of the spine from the right or left. The cause of scoliosis is unknown, but scientists have recently identified genetic markers that are contributing to individuals with it. The condition is more prevalent in girls during their growth spurt years.