More often than not, children with scoliosis can be treated with a brace, but in cases where patients experience an increase in curvature and are in pain, surgery may be needed. For reasons unknown, girls are more prone to scoliosis in adolescence than boys.

SWSI Scoliosis Quiz

Drs. Richard Hostin, Kathryn Wiesman and Shyam Kishan have been treating pediatric and adolescent scoliosis for more than 40 years. There are a small number of doctors who specialize in scoliosis surgeries in the United States.

Pediatric Scoliosis – Treating Children through Adulthood

“What’s unique about the Southwest Scoliosis Institute is that we treat both children and adults,” explains Dr. Kishan. “What we provide here is a continuum of care, and our commitment to care for our patients throughout their life.”

Pediatric Scoliosis Screening

Girl playing with AirplaneThe majority of children with scoliosis do not need complex treatments, but they do need to be thoroughly examined by a Scoliosis expert doctor. Most often, we can assure parents that we either need to observe their child for four to six months or that their child’s risk is so low that they don’t need to come back. In the event the child does need treatment, we will discuss the available options with his or her parents. 

In addition, we have found that quickly treating children with scoliosis can have a very positive effect.  For instance, school health screening programs are often helpful in identifying scoliosis, and we want to see those patients as soon as possible.  If bracing is needed, the sooner it can be used the sooner improvement will occur.  

Pediatric Scoliosis Treatment


Many children do not require surgery or a special brace for Scoliosis Treatment.  Furthermore, children, in particular, need to be observed closely before and during their growth spurts to identify any changes in their curves.

For instance, our practice uses the advanced EOS 2D/3D imaging system.  This system provides high-quality X-ray images while delivering 50% to 85% less radiation than traditional digital X-ray systems. Also, reducing the dose of radiation is very beneficial for children who require frequent imaging. In this case, we are very aware of the fact that children are more sensitive to the cumulative effects of radiation.

Scoliosis brace

For large curves in children or curves that have progressed in a child, we commonly recommend a scoliosis brace. In many cases, a brace can reduce the chance of a curvature progressing to the point of requiring surgery.

Physical therapy

While it is not shown to alter the rate of curvature progression in either adults or children,  exercise programs often help improve back pain.

Pediatric Scoliosis Surgery

More often than not, children with scoliosis can be treated with a brace, but in cases where patients experience an increase in curvature and are in pain, surgery may be needed. When surgery is needed, it is a complex, multi-step procedures that take between two and three hours. When a child needs scoliosis surgery to correct his or her condition, we can attend to those needs immediately and with the skill and precision of decades of experience.

However, there is more because Dr. Shyam Kishan is trained in the tether procedure. which is a fairly new Scoliosis correction technique.  With this procedure, The Vertebral Body Tethering Surgery, fusing vertebrae together is not needed and allows motion in the spine and less scaring. Finally, our expert surgeons and caregivers at Southwest Scoliosis Institute will provide the care and attention your child deserves.


Growing up, Joy suffered from severe scoliosis which stopped her from many activities she loved.  Joy’s mother brought her to us for an evaluation.  Dr. Shyam Kishan, Medical Director of Medical City Children’s Hospital Orthopedics and Spine, examined Joy and met with her family to discuss a scoliosis treatment plan,  Dr. Kishan explained everything — every step of the way.  After her successful surgery, Joy has resumed all the activities she loves, like archery, horseback riding and biking to name a few. Call today to schedule an appointment. ~ Joy, Scoliosis Patient

If your child is suffering from scoliosis, call Southwest Scoliosis Institute for an examination today at 214-556-0555.