Many children who are sent to the doctor by a school scoliosis
screening program have very mild spinal curves that do not need scoliosis treatment
. However, when a child does need scoliosis treatment
, the doctor may send him or her to an orthopedic spine specialist.
A healthcare provider will suggest the best scoliosis treatment for each patient based on:
- The patient's age
- How much more he or she is likely to grow
- The degree and pattern of the curve
- The type of scoliosis.
Different scoliosis treatments that may be recommended include:
What Is a Scoliosis Brace?
Doctors may advise bracing as scoliosis treatment in order to stop a curve from getting worse. Bracing may be used when:
- The person is still growing and has a curve of more than 25 to 30 degrees
- The person is still growing and has a curve between 20 and 29 degrees that is getting worse
- The person has at least two years of growth remaining and has a curve that is between 20 and 29 degrees.
However, females who have started their monthly period should not use bracing.
As a child nears the end of growth, the indications for a scoliosis brace will depend on how the curve affects the child's appearance, the size of the curve, and whether the curve is getting worse.