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Scoliosis Facts

Observation
Observation is used for people who have a curve of less than 25 degrees and who are still growing. The doctor will check the curve every four to six months to see if it is getting better or worse. 
 
Bracing
Doctors may advise bracing 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.

(Click Back Brace for Scoliosis for more information this option.)
 
Surgery
Doctors use surgery to correct a curve or stop it from getting worse when:
 
  • The person is still growing
  • The curve is more than 45 degrees.
 
Surgery often involves fusing together two or more bones in the spine. During this procedure, your doctor may also put in a metal rod or other devices, which are called implants. The implants stay in the body and help keep the spine straight after surgery.

(Click Surgery for Scoliosis for more information.)
 

Facts on Scoliosis and Exercise

Exercise programs have not been shown to prevent scoliosis from getting worse. However, it is important for all people, including those with scoliosis, to exercise and remain physically fit. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, running, soccer, and gymnastics, help keep bones strong, and exercising and playing sports may improve a person's sense of well-being.

(Click Scoliosis Exercises for more information.)
 
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