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Is treatment different for c-shaped scoliosis vs. S-shaped? What is the difference, if any, in treatment for c-shaped and s-shaped scoliosis? .

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Varies

It is a bit of a generalization, but usually when you talk about a c shaped curve, you are talking about a single curve.
An s shaped curve usually refers to a double curve in which one curve is often compensating for the other. Treatment is more based upon the size of the curve and the skeletal age of the patient than whether it is c or s shaped. Thank you for the question.

In brief: Varies

It is a bit of a generalization, but usually when you talk about a c shaped curve, you are talking about a single curve.
An s shaped curve usually refers to a double curve in which one curve is often compensating for the other. Treatment is more based upon the size of the curve and the skeletal age of the patient than whether it is c or s shaped. Thank you for the question.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Brett Weinzapfel
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: A

A patient with a significant "c-shaped" scoliosis that is still growing could be treated in a night-time brace that has her bending to one side.
A patient with a significant "s-shaped" scoliosis would be more likely to require an all day and night brace.

In brief: A

A patient with a significant "c-shaped" scoliosis that is still growing could be treated in a night-time brace that has her bending to one side.
A patient with a significant "s-shaped" scoliosis would be more likely to require an all day and night brace.
Dr. Brett Weinzapfel
Dr. Brett Weinzapfel
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