Scoliosis in Children - Treatments
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Doctors advise patients to wear a brace to stop a curve from getting any worse when the patient:
Doctors advise patients to have surgery to correct a curve or stop it from worsening when the patient is still growing, has a curve that is more than 45 degrees, and has a curve that is getting worse.
Doctors follow patients without treatment and re-examine them every 4 to 6 months when the patient is still growing (is skeletally immature) and has an idiopathic curve of less than 25 degrees.
is still growing and has an idiopathic curve between 20 and 29 degrees that is getting worse.
has at least 2 years of growth remaining, has an idiopathic curve that is between 20 and 29 degrees, and, if a girl, has not had her first menstrual period;
is still growing and has an idiopathic curve that is more than 25 to 30 degrees;
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. www.niams.nih.gov
Scoliosis in Children: Treatments