Scoliosis is a condition marked by the sideways curvature of the spine. Although sometimes associated with muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, the cause of most cases of scoliosis remains unknown. Symptoms generally first appear during the growth spurt that is common just before children reach puberty. While most cases are mild, some patients experience worsening deformities as they grow, and the most severe cases of scoliosis are disabling.
When braces fail as a treatment option, surgery is performed to lessen the severity of a curve. During surgery, vertebrae may be fused together to reduce movement and growth. Many patients seek treatment for the condition abroad in popular medical tourism destinations. In these countries, patients can obtain world-class scoliosis treatments at a reduced cost when compared to their own home countries.