Treatments for Scoliosis
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A person with scoliosis is checked often to check whether the curve is getting worse. Bracing or surgery may be needed. Treatment is done in people with curves greater than 20° to 25°. Surgery is done in people with curves greater than 40° to 50°.
The goals of treatment are:
Medicine cannot treat scoliosis.
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Infantile and juvenile idiopathic scoliosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated March 5, 2018. Accessed July 24, 2019.
Idiopathic scoliosis in children and adolescents. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/idiopathic-scoliosis-in-children-and-adolescents. Updated March 2015. Accessed July 24, 2019.
Scoliosis in children and adolescents. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/scoliosis. Updated December 30, 2015. Accessed July 24, 2019.
Last reviewed June 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 7/24/2019
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