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What is observation treatment for scoliosis?

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Mild curves, like those found in 90% of scoliosis cases, typically don’t need treatment.

If your child has this condition, your family doctor may recommend the wait-and-see approach. Some kids develop “idiopathic” scoliosis, meaning doctors don’t know what caused it. This normally happens between ages 10 and 18.

Doctors will monitor kids whose backbones curve at angles of less than 20 degrees.

As a child’s body changes in puberty, the curve may stay the same or get worse.

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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