Our staff of specialists offers surgical and rehabilitative care to treat both young patients with adolescent scoliosis and older patients with degenerative scoliosis.

Treatments include both surgical and non-surgical techniques, from simple observation, to bracing, physical therapy and surgical reconstruction. Treatments vary depending on how severely the spine is curved. The doctor will know what your treatment should be after looking at you and your X-rays. Sometimes no treatment will be necessary, but you will need to make return visits for X-rays to make sure your curve is not getting worse.

Our researchers find that back braces are effective. Results to determine whether wearing back braces would prevent the need for spinal correction surgery in children with scoliosis were overwhelmingly in favor of bracing.

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    Support Groups

    Curvy Girls: Scoliosis Support Group

    Join Curvy Girls , a teen-run support group that meets once a month to discuss different topics related to bracing, surgery, pressure from school, doctors, physical therapy, and more. There is also a parent support meeting available during the same timeslot.

    Meets the first Saturday of each month Meetings located in Des Moines area Contact Katelyn, Group Leader Email: Iowa@CurvyGirlsScoliosis.com

    Patient Stories

    • Ahead of the Curve

      Will Imbus in his Baseball Uniform Will Imbus was one of the first children in Iowa to benefit from a unique technology that reduces the number of surgical procedures for early-onset scoliosis patients. Read more about Will's story.Read more
    • Kristen Klemesrud

      Kristen Klemesrud icon As if living with cystic fibrosis wasn’t enough, at 15, Kristin developed severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that would eventually impede her lung function.Read more

    Locations and Contact

    • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
      Pappajohn Pavilion
      200 Hawkins Drive
      Iowa City, Iowa 52242
      In House Directions: Elevator I, Lower Level
      • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Phone: 319-356-2223

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