Many options. The options depend on severity of curve, what part of the body is involved, symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, weakness), age, flexibility, overall health. For milder curves, exercise, maybe medication will be enough. In growing young folks, bracing may be an option. For more severe curves, worsening curves, those with nerve or spinal cord pressure, surgery may be a good choice.
Varied. Curves beyond 10 degrees and young patient brace until skeletal maturity, if curve progresses beyond 40-50 than surgery will be required.
Varies. It varies predominantly based upon the size of the curve, the age of the patient, and the presence of any associated symptoms. Many curves do not need any treatment at all. Don't hesitate to see a specialist to discuss the specifics of your case. Read more...