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Treatments for Scoliosis

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatments for Scoliosis

Treatments for scoliosis vary. It depends on how severe the curve is. Children with mild curves often do not need treatment.

A person with scoliosis is checked often. This is to see if the curve is getting worse. Bracing or surgery may be needed. Treatment is done in people with curves of 25 degrees or more. Surgery is done in people with curves greater than 45 degrees.

The goals of treatment are:

  • Stopping the curve from getting worse
  • Reducing the curve with surgery
  • Limiting future health problems—such as lung disease due to restriction of the chest cavity

Treatment involves:

Medicine cannot treat scoliosis.


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  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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