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How is scoliosis treated?

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Treatment for scoliosis may include:

Exercise programs, chiropractic treatment, electrical stimulation, and nutritional supplements have not been proven to prevent the worsening of scoliosis. It is still ideal to keep as much strength and flexibility as possible to maintain normal function. This may require more effort and attention in someone with scoliosis.

  • Observation. If there is a slight curve, your doctor may choose to check your back every four to six months to see if the curve gets worse.
  • Bracing. Depending on the degree of the curve, a back brace is sometimes prescribed for kids and adolescents who are still growing. Bracing can help prevent the curve from getting worse.
  • Surgery. If the curve is severe and is getting worse, surgery is sometimes needed.
  • Body casting. A cast is placed from the shoulders to the lower trunk while the child is under anesthesia. It is replaced every few months for up to 3 years. This is usually reserved for young children when a scoliosis curve looks like it will get worse as they grow.

From: Types of Spine Curvature Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Kyphosis."

Cedars Sinai: "Swayback."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Achondroplasia."

Spineuniverse.com: "Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment," "What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?"

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What Is Osteoporosis?"

Brown, R. , 2001. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: "Spina Bifida Information."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, "Scoliosis."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Kyphosis."

Cedars Sinai: "Swayback."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Achondroplasia."

Spineuniverse.com: "Spondylolisthesis: Back Condition and Treatment," "What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?"

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What Is Osteoporosis?"

Brown, R. , 2001. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health: "Spina Bifida Information."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, "Scoliosis."

Nemours Foundation: "Scoliosis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 11, 2017

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