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How can surgery help degenerative scoliosis?

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Surgery can improve your spinal balance and relieve nerve pressure on your spine, which helps with pain. The bones in your spine may be fused together to correct its alignment.

After spinal surgery, you’ll need plenty of time to recover, many follow-up visits to your doctor, and physical therapy. Before your operation, talk with your family and friends about the kind of support you’ll need as you get better. Some people choose to stay in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility for a while after surgery.

From: What's the Treatment for Scoliosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Scoliosis Research Society: “Treating Scoliosis,” “Treatment and Coping,” “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis,” “Scoliosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Nonsurgical Treatment for Scoliosis,” “Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Scoliosis: Treatment.”

The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York: “Degenerative Scoliosis.”

HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery: “Degenerative Scoliosis: A Review.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Scoliosis Research Society: “Treating Scoliosis,” “Treatment and Coping,” “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis,” “Scoliosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Nonsurgical Treatment for Scoliosis,” “Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Scoliosis: Treatment.”

The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York: “Degenerative Scoliosis.”

HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery: “Degenerative Scoliosis: A Review.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018

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