Scoliosis | Treatment

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How is scoliosis treated?

In most cases, no treatment is needed. Your doctor will check your child regularly to make sure the curve isn't getting worse. Sometimes a brace is worn to keep the spine from curving any further. Newer braces are light and less bulky than old braces. Most braces fit under the clothes and are not visible.

Will my child need surgery?

If a brace doesn't stop the spine from curving, surgery may be needed. During surgery, the bones in the spine may be moved and joined together to strengthen the spine, or a rod may be placed in the spine to straighten it.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/96

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