Early onset scoliosis

Scoliosis is when the spine curves or twists to the side. This can result in a C or S shaped curve. Early onset scoliosis is when a curve appears between birth and age 10, or before puberty. Usually, early onset scoliosis is idiopathic. The word idiopathic means that there is no known cause.

There is also another kind of scoliosis that might be spotted at this age. It is called congenital scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is scoliosis that starts when a baby is in the womb and is quite different to early onset scoliosis. For more information on congenital scoliosis, click here. It is important that all children with early onset scoliosis or congenital scoliosis stay under the care of a scoliosis specialist while they grow. You can contact SAUK for information on where to find your nearest scoliosis specialist.

In very young children, curves caused by early onset scoliosis can sometimes self-correct, without treatment. Curves that are larger or continue to grow may need more intensive treatment.

At the younger end of the age range, boys are affected slightly more than girls and the curve is often left-sided. Towards the upper end of the age range, the condition is more like adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, the curve is often right-sided and affects more girls than boys.

For further information about early-onset scoliosis:

Early Onset Information 

Early Onset FAQs section 

Personal Accounts Section 

Early onset scoliosis and its treatments


If you would like to talk further about any aspect of scoliosis, SAUK is here to help; please call our helpline or contact us via info@sauk.org.uk or by post.

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