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Is there a cure for structural scoliosis?

Structural scoliosis is a very treatable condition, but it is not curable. The spinal curve associated with structural scoliosis is typically permanent; but if the curving of the spine remains relatively slight, no treatment is needed at all. In cases where the curve of the spine becomes more pronounced, a brace is typically worn to slow the progression of structural scoliosis. The brace won't reverse the curving that has already occurred, but it will keep the spine from curving more. If a brace does not correct the problem, surgery may be required to straighten the spine.

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