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Scoliosis - Other Treatment

Treatment other than surgery for scoliosis includes:

  • Observation. In a child who is still growing, a mild spinal curve may require only regular checkups every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse.
  • Wearing a brace. Bracing (orthotic) treatment may be used for a child who has a moderate curve. Bracing may prevent the curve from getting worse as the child grows. Brace treatment is usually continued until the skeleton stops growing.

There is no evidence that corrective exercises, electrical stimulation, or spinal manipulation are effective treatments for scoliosis.

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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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