Pediatric Scoliosis

Adult Scoliosis

Pediatric Scoliosis can appear at any age during childhood, adolescence, or the teenage years. Using ultrasound technology, your doctor can even detect spinal deformities in an developing fetus! Most typically, however, individuals notice abnormalities during the teenage years, as visible changes in the spine appear. Because the adolescent years are crucial to spine development, untreated scoliosis can follow an individual into adulthood.

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Adult Scoliosis typically results from a separate set of causes than pediatric scoliosis. Although the condition can develop in adolescence and follow an individual into adulthood, adult-onset scoliosis is usually caused by spinal degeneration. This breakdown is often associated with the aging process. Degenerative disc disease, damaged discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and arthritis can all lead to spinal damage—and adult scoliosis.

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When Scoliosis Becomes A Problem

When it comes to the treatment of scoliosis, the first step is usually observation. If your scoliotic curve is minor, your physician may choose to monitor your spine over time. Your doctor will evaluate your spine for changes and make treatment decisions based on any changes that occur.

When scoliosis is severe or progressing rapidly, your physician may choose a more aggressive route. In these situations, an exaggerated spinal rotation can interfere greatly with one’s quality of life. Extreme curvature can impede movement and posture. If the extreme curvature of the spine strains muscles or pinches nerves, significant pain or reduced mobility can occur. Furthermore, severe curvature can even affect the function of your internal organs, distressing your heart and lungs.

Our team of spine experts at The Advanced Spine Center of New Jersey includes Dr. Jason Lowenstein, world-renowned scoliosis surgeon. Dr. Lowenstein is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric spinal deformities. An expert in minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Lowenstein will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to correct your spinal curvature. Looking for immediate relief? Contact Dr. Lowenstein and his expert team of clinicians at (973) 538-0900.

Scoliosis Treatment Options

Vertebral Body Tethering

This method of correction involves affixing screws to the vertebrae. These screws are attached on the convex side of the curve and fuse with the vertebrae over time. Once in place, a taut but flexible cord attaches to the screws to aid in the straightening process.


The use of external braces to treat scoliosis has been practiced for many years now. New advances in this technology have made braces more comfortable and less bulky. Depending on your situation, your physician may prescribe a hard, rigid brace or a soft, flexible one.


An osteotomy is a procedure that is used to restructure the shape of the spine through bone removal. Bone is removed in order to allow the vertebrae to fit together in a more functional manner. Hardware such as screws and rods may be needed to provide long-term stability. Read more...

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a widely successful and prescribed form of scoliosis treatment. It aids in improving strength and flexibility, regaining movement, and encouraging independence. Your physician will refer you to a physical therapist if needed.