CME: regristration opens at 6:00 and the dinner presentation starts at 6:30
Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees. Presence is 2-4% of children between 10 and 16 years of age, it is very commonly diagnosed by pediatricians and primary care providers. In the majority of the cases, no specific underlying etiology is found. Treatment varies from observation or bracing, to surgical correction for severe cases. This CME talk is an overview of pediatric scoliosis, including: natural history, physical examination, measuring the curve magnitude, curve patterns, red flags, and treatment options. Other neurosurgical spine abnormalities that are associated with scoliosis, such as Chiari Malformation and tethered spinal cord will also be discussed.