Stamford Hospital, the flagship hospital of Stamford Health, and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have entered into a collaborative agreement to create the premier center for specialty orthopedic care in New England.
HSS has been nationally ranked #1 for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for the past eight consecutive years, and is the world's leading academic medical center focused solely on musculoskeletal health.
We offer more knowledge. Over the years, we’ve gained experience in the treatment of a vast array of disorders. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but gives you a good indication of the most common disorders that we care for.
Scoliosis is a common disorder in children & adults, and when it comes to expertise in diagnosis, we offer more.
The spine has natural curves that round our shoulders and make our lower backs curve slightly inward. However, some people have spines that also curve from side to side. This condition of side-to-side spinal curves is called scoliosis. When viewing an x-ray of the spine from the front, the spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. You may also notice that some of the bones have rotated and seem twisted, making the waist or shoulders appear uneven. In most cases, scoliosis is not painful, but in some situations it can cause back pain. If the condition is severe, it can interfere with the efficiency of the heart and lungs, and cause chest pain or shortness of breath.
Scoliosis is caused in part by genetics and in part by other factors not well known. The condition does not come from carrying heavy things, athletic activity, sleeping/standing postures, or minor lower limb length inequality. The usual onset for scoliosis is in adolescence, between the ages of ten and fifteen. Although both boys and girls can develop scoliosis, females are eight times more likely to develop a curve that requires treatment.
Have questions? We have more answers to your scoliosis questions, even if you're not one of our patients.