Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis commonly observed in young girls aged 8-12-year-olds

Several children have a curve in their spine, which leads to adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – a condition where there is an abnormal curvature of the spine, which can cause unsightly deformity of the chest, back and in some cases, patient might even have truncal shift. In severe form, this deformity can also lead to severe back pain and can affect the normal functioning of heart and lungs.The study also shows that this abnormal “S” Shaped double curvature of the spine is usually seen in young girls aged 8-12-year-olds.It affects two to three per cent of children between the ages of 10 and 18, a time when the human body is growing at its most rapid pace. Roughly 3-percent of the population have idiopathic scoliosis, which is the most common of the varieties of this progressive skeletal abnormality.


Patients with mild form of deformity are usually advised braces to correct the deformity and observed till maturity. When the deformity is severe, traditionally, since last 60 years surgical correction with implants and fusion of the instrumented segments is done. With this type of scoliosis correction, the mobility of the spine at the implanted level is completely lost and will be stiff.

To breakaway from the traditional methods, doctors at Apollo Hospitals recommended minimally Invasive Double Curve Correction using the revolutionary Non-Fusion Anterior Scoliosis Correction Technique. The hospital recently also performed a surgery that transformed an Australian child’s life. Dr. Sajan K Hegde, Chief Spine Surgeon of Apollo Hospitals along with his and team successfully used this technique on the13-year-old girl who was affected by adolescent idiopathic scoliosis


Ms.Xavia, a 13-year-old child from Brisbane, Australia was performing dance on a stage when her mother recognized the changes in her postures. The parents were worried and started looking for a surgeon to correct their 13-year-old daughter’s spinal deformity.She was unable to carry on her day-to-day activities, and medical intervention revealed that she was affected by Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS).After contacting several surgeons they reached Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.

Speaking about the revolutionary procedure, Dr. Sajan K Hegde, said, “Traditionally fusion surgical treatment is performed to address his issue, where metal implants are attached to the spine, and then connected to two rods. These Implants hold the spine in a corrected position until the instrumented segments fuse as a single bone.Today, a revolutionary concept is available in treating these children. With this technique the spine deformity is corrected but not fused. This allows the children to return back to full normal activities including sports gymnastics and dancing. This was not possible with the traditional methods of treatment.”

It is observed that the Global Scoliosis Treatment Market is expected to register a CAGR of ~ 3.9% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2025 given the growing number of patients suffering from this condition.


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