For Patients

For Patients

NSF has curated a collection of trusted resources for patients of all ages and walks of life. With over 7 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with scoliosis, you are not alone in your journey.

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For Parents & Caretakers

For Parents & Caretakers

Are you a supporter, but don’t know where to begin? Our resources empower families, and our educational programs provide support to nurses, teachers, volunteers and other professionals.

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For Pre-Op & Post-Op Patients

For Pre-Op & Post-Op Patients

NSF is dedicated to minimizing the effects of abnormal spinal curvatures through early detection and treatment, public awareness, patient education and support, and research.

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Adult Scoliosis

by Nancy Schommer, author of Stopping Scoliosis Because so many adults have contacted the NSF, we asked Nancy Schommer, author of Stopping Scoliosis, to provide us with an update about adult scoliosis. In the course of her research, she interviewed ...

Answers to Questions About Mild Curves

Every year, the National Scoliosis Foundation receives letters and telephone calls from parents of young people who have been told they have a "mild" curvature of the spine. They are concerned and confused. They have been told that treatment is ...


The word "chiropractic" is a compilation of two Greek words which are interpreted to mean "efficient hands". In 1898 David Daniel Palmer, the originator of chiropractic, set up the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Today, there are fifteen ...

Early Onset Scoliosis

From time to time, the National Scoliosis Foundation receives questions from parents about early onset or infantile scoliosis. To find out more about this spinal abnormality, we asked Nancy Schommer, author of Stopping Scoliosis, to interview Dr. Ronald Moskovich, who ...

Exercise and Adults with Scoliosis

Many adults with scoliosis, including those with prior corrective surgery, are curious about the risks and benefits of exercises and sports participation. In our experiences, most adults with scoliosis have never held discussions with medical professionals about these issues. Research ...

Exercise for Adolescents

Adolescents with scoliosis and their families have questions concerning exercise. These questions are usually about two general areas:
  1. Can exercise correct or stop the progression of the scoliosis curve?
  2. Are recreational exercise and sports participation advised?
In this ...

Fashion Rescue

A brochure created by 16 year old Moira Lyons to help other teens who are wearing a brace. View Brochure ...

Find a Specialist

For more information on finding a specialists near you, please visit the Scoliosis Research Society website. Scoliosis Research Society Specialist Finder ...

Instrumentation Systems for Scoliosis Surgery

For the person anticipating scoliosis surgery, it is confusing and sometimes troubling to learn of the wide variety of instrumentation systems that are in use today. Why, the patient wonders, are there so many? How are they different? Which one ...

Understanding Flat-Back Syndrome

From time to time, NSF receives inquiries about a condition called flat back syndrome. To find out more about it, Nancy Schommer recently interviewed Michael LaGrone, MD, a scoliosis specialist who has a private practice in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. LaGrone ...