How long does scoliosis last?

Samuel A. Joseph Jr., MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Scoliosis is a lifelong condition, which means it lasts your whole life. In this video, Samuel Joseph, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, explains what amount of spine curvature is defined as scoliosis.

Scoliosis is a life-long condition, but the curving of the spine itself primarily happens when the body is constantly growing. Mild cases of scoliosis may not be treated, so the spine will remain slightly curved throughout adulthood. In worse cases of scoliosis in which the condition is treated by a back brace, the back brace doesn't really fix the curvature of the spine-it just prevents the curve from continuing to worsen. Additionally, adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely to suffer from back pain during adulthood.

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