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What is EOS?

Early onset scoliosis (EOS) is a term for patients presenting with scoliosis prior to 10 years of age. There are several sub-categories of EOS, including idiopathic, neuromuscular, syndromic, and congenital.
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Treatment

EOS curves are often very aggressive and progress rapidly without treatment. Treatment for EOS aims to control the progression of deformity while allowing the spine to grow. Treatment is challenging and may include non-operative and/or operative care.
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What to Expect

Being diagnosed with Early Onset Scoliosis can be challenging for patients and families. An orthopedic specialist who is well versed in Early Onset Scoliosis will help families and patients make decisions on treatment.
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FAQ's

Commonly asked questions about Early Onset Scoliosis, it's treatment, and what to expect.
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Glossary

Definitions for terms and words commonly used when discussion EOS.
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What is EOS?

Early onset scoliosis (EOS) is a term for patients presenting with scoliosis prior to 10 years of age. Patients with EOS are often multi-systemic and may have deformity present in any region of the spine and potentially the chest.
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Causes of EOS

Underlying medical conditions of patients with early onset scoliosis help determine prognosis and treatment. For example, patients with neuromuscular conditions have a different prognosis and treatment than patients without other medical problems.
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Treatment of EOS

EOS curves are often very aggressive and progress rapidly without treatment. Treatment for EOS aims to control the progression of deformity while allowing the spine to grow. Treatment is challenging and may include non-operative and/or operative care.
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Referring Patients

When you a patient has EOS, it is appropriate to refer to an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Some types of treatment such as casting or bracing are age and time sensitive, with higher efficacy for younger patients and earlier initiation of treatment.
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Talking with Families

The diagnosis of early onset scoliosis is often overwhelming to parents with a young child. Parents are reassured to know that these curves, regardless of how severe, have options for treatment.
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