Curvature of the Spine (Scoliosis)

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Portrait of Dr. Peter Whang in the hallway. He is wearing a purple dress shirt, tie and jacket.

Peter Whang, MD, says treatment for scoliosis depends  upon a number of factors, and it is important to consult a doctor who is up to date on the latest treatments. 


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If your doctor diagnoses you or your child with scoliosis, it means he is seeing a side-to-side curve in the spine. In most cases it’s probably a mild one, likely not even noticeable to the untrained eye. An X-ray may show some degree of a “C” or “S” curve that may not cause any problems at all. 

But you’ll want to explore treatment options if the curve is pronounced and throws the body off kilter, if the condition gets worse, or if it is presenting challenges, such as difficulty standing or walking.

Since the treatment for scoliosis can vary significantly depending upon a number of factors, it is important for patients to seek care from an academic practice like Yale Medicine, where faculty clinicians are up to date on the latest research and treatments.

“We are skilled practitioners who have access to cutting-edge diagnostic technology and are able to provide novel therapeutic options like minimally invasive surgical procedures,” says Peter Whang, MD, a Yale Medicine orthopaedic surgeon.