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Can scoliosis be treated?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Scoliosis may be structural or idiopathic in nature.
Idiopathic is easily the most common. Usually diagnosed in adolescence. It requires frequent evaluation & if curve is progressing may require bracing, exercise, and at times surgery. With structural cases it may caused by herniated discs, muscle spasm, fractures, etc. Treatment of the underlying problems will correct the scoliosis.

In brief: Yes

Scoliosis may be structural or idiopathic in nature.
Idiopathic is easily the most common. Usually diagnosed in adolescence. It requires frequent evaluation & if curve is progressing may require bracing, exercise, and at times surgery. With structural cases it may caused by herniated discs, muscle spasm, fractures, etc. Treatment of the underlying problems will correct the scoliosis.
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Scoliosis can be treated by a couple different means.
The need for treatment of scoliosis depends on the age of the patient(skeletal maturity), degree of curvature of the spine and risk of progression of the curvature. The choice of treatments includes observation, bracing, and surgery. Treatment decisions should be made by a physician experienced in the treatment of scoliosis.

In brief: Yes

Scoliosis can be treated by a couple different means.
The need for treatment of scoliosis depends on the age of the patient(skeletal maturity), degree of curvature of the spine and risk of progression of the curvature. The choice of treatments includes observation, bracing, and surgery. Treatment decisions should be made by a physician experienced in the treatment of scoliosis.
Dr. Louis Krenn
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There are different types of scoliosis with the most common referred to as idiopathic scoliosis.
Most are just diagnosed and observed with no other treatment. Some require bracing and a very tiny percent need surgery.

In brief: Yes

There are different types of scoliosis with the most common referred to as idiopathic scoliosis.
Most are just diagnosed and observed with no other treatment. Some require bracing and a very tiny percent need surgery.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Treated surgery

Scoliosis can not be healed.
Spinal fusion with metal hardware placement prevents progression and many times does correct some portion of curvature.Curvatures above 30 degrees may have surgery recommended.Mild scoliosis does not usually require treatment. Curvatures above 30 degrees may have surgery recommended.Sometimes orthoplast jackets can be used to prevent progression of curves.

In brief: Treated surgery

Scoliosis can not be healed.
Spinal fusion with metal hardware placement prevents progression and many times does correct some portion of curvature.Curvatures above 30 degrees may have surgery recommended.Mild scoliosis does not usually require treatment. Curvatures above 30 degrees may have surgery recommended.Sometimes orthoplast jackets can be used to prevent progression of curves.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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