Dr. Wang explains the causes of scoliosis.
Eighty-percent of scoliosis is called idiopathic, which means we don’t know what causes it. The other 20% can be congenital, meaning that the bones just don’t form correctly and so the spine grows at an angle and it becomes crooked, or there’s tumors, or there’s some other root cause of the curvature. But again, 80% idiopathic; we don’t know what causes it.
About Dr. Wang, M.D.:
Dr. Jeffrey Wang, M.D., is the Chief of Spine Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He specializes in all spine disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area. His research interests include gene therapy for the treatment of spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery for spinal disorders, bone growth biological proteins, and biomedical engineering of non-invasive spine surgery using high intensity focused ultrasonic waves.