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What are my child's treatment options for scoliosis?

If your child's scoliosis isn't causing any problems, one treatment option is to watch and wait. This means your child carries on as usual, with the child's doctor keeping a close eye on him or her. Your child may need to have regular x-rays to check on the spine, and in some cases exercises may be recommended. If the curve in the spine is getting worse, the doctors might give your child a brace. A brace works by holding the spine in place while the child grows. Usually, this stops the scoliosis from getting worse. Sometimes an operation is needed, especially if the curve is very large. During the operation the doctor will use metal screws and rods to straighten the spine. The spine will be kept straight using a bone graft.

Dr. Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine Specialist

A treatment plan is determined by the child's age, amount of pain/discomfort. As well as, any remaining growth, curve pattern, anticipated growth progression, and appearance.

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