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Scoliosis of the Spine

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
  • Is still growing and has a curve between 20 and 29 degrees that is getting worse
  • 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 about this treatment for scoliosis.)
 

Does Exercise Help Scoliosis of the Spine?

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 like 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 on this topic.)
 

Other Possible Treatments

So far, the following treatments have not been shown to prevent spinal curves from getting worse:
 
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Exercise.
 

Research on Scoliosis of the Spine

Researchers continue to look for the cause of idiopathic scoliosis. They have studied genetics, growth, structural and biochemical alterations in the discs and muscles, and central nervous system changes.
 
The changes in the discs and muscles seem to be a result of scoliosis and not the cause of scoliosis. However, scientists are still hopeful that studying changes in the central nervous system in people with idiopathic scoliosis may reveal a cause of this disorder.
 
Researchers continue to examine how a variety of braces, surgical procedures, and surgical instruments can be used to straighten the spine or to prevent further curvature. They are also studying the long-term effects of a scoliosis fusion and the long-term effects of untreated scoliosis.
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