About Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis

Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis is diagnosed from 4 to 10 years old. In younger children boys are affected more than girls and present with a left-sided curve. Older children present similar to AIS patients but it affects girls more and they present with a right-sided curve.


Your specialist may order a variety of studies to evaluate your child’s spine. These tests may include X-rays, MRI or CT scans. Your specialist may also send you to the laboratory to have your child’s level of Vitamin D checked. Once your child’s tests are complete, your specialist will review the plan of care for your child. 

According to the Scoliosis Research Society, juvenile curves that reach 30 degrees tend to worsen without treatment.


All patients do not initially require any treatment. They will need to be monitored by their physician. It is extremely important to see their specialist as directed.

Bracing may be prescribed for a child based on their skeletal maturity, size and flexibility of the curve.


Surgery is recommended when bracing or casting has been unable to stop the progression of the curve.  Your child may be scheduled for a growth rod insertion or MAGEC Rod insertion.

Video: Growth Rods Surgery for Scoliosis
Video: Magec Rods at CHKD