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The Spine Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh specializes in the treatment of two conditions — scoliosis and kyphosis.
The shape of a normal spine is straight up and down when viewed from the back. When viewed from the side, the spine curves naturally in an s-shape.
Scoliosis and kyphosis affect the spine's normal shape.
Scoliosis is a side-to-side curvature of the spine. Doctors make the diagnosis if the spine curves more than 10 degrees.
There are three types of this condition, which mainly affects adolescents:
Scoliosis symptoms are not always present, but may include:
Kyphosis is like scoliosis because it's also a curve of the spine. But, in kyphosis, the spine curves from front to back, rather than side to side. Those who suffer from kyphosis often have a “hunched back” or curved shoulders.
There are three main types of kyphosis seen in children and teens:
Symptoms of kyphosis include:
Because both scoliosis and kyphosis are curves of the spine, they can cause other problems with the body's normal function.
Some of these complications include:
To make an appointment, contact the Spine Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at 412-692-5530.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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