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Could My Kid with Scoliosis Compete in the Olympics?

The Winter Olympics has us answering questions about sports and spinal conditions these days. Pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Richard Anderson, and physical therapist, Dr. Rami Said, from The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York are experts in the care of adolescents with spinal conditions like scoliosis. They help us answer the questions: “Can kids with scoliosis compete in sports?” and “Can someone with scoliosis actually make it to the Olympics?”

Scoliosis is a condition of abnormal rotation and side-to-side curvature of the spine. Beyond this simple descriptor, though, it has a variety of causes and effects. This means that each case requires evaluation by a physician. Scoliosis can be serious, but the health benefits of sports are also heavily weighed when determining restrictions on activity.

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Learn more about Dr. Anderson on his bio page here.

Learn more about Dr. Said on his bio page here.

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