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Is there anything that can be done to correct a curving spine besides surgery?
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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: It depends . . .
If in a teen or younger and the curve is not bad, a brace can help keep it from getting worse and possibly help.
In adults, mild curves will typically not progress. In older adults, a degenerative curve may slowly get worse as the deterioration progresses. Physical therapy, pain medications, chiropractic and traction are first line treatments. If they don't help, surgery might be next.

In brief: It depends . . .
If in a teen or younger and the curve is not bad, a brace can help keep it from getting worse and possibly help.
In adults, mild curves will typically not progress. In older adults, a degenerative curve may slowly get worse as the deterioration progresses. Physical therapy, pain medications, chiropractic and traction are first line treatments. If they don't help, surgery might be next.
Dr. Vikas Patel
Dr. Vikas Patel
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes there can be
Depending on your age and the type of curvature, bracing may play a role especially with idiopathic scoliosis and in scheuermann's kyphosis while there is still growth potential.
It will not necessarily correct the curvature but may slow or halt its progression preventing the need for surgery.

In brief: Yes there can be
Depending on your age and the type of curvature, bracing may play a role especially with idiopathic scoliosis and in scheuermann's kyphosis while there is still growth potential.
It will not necessarily correct the curvature but may slow or halt its progression preventing the need for surgery.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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