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Treating scoliosis depends on your curve, your age, and other factors. If the curve needs to be corrected, a brace is usually the first option. However, many people have scoliosis so severe it requires surgery. Thanks to Medtronic’s advanced technologies, spinal fusion is much easier than it used to be and may give you the freedom to resume normal activities.
The treatment of scoliosis depends on the severity of the side-to-side curve in your spine, along with other factors such as your age and physical condition. Non-surgical treatment, such as bracing, is always the first line of defense. Many scoliosis curves never progress to the point where surgery is necessary.
If you or someone you know has scoliosis, observation may be an appropriate treatment option for small spinal curves, curves that are at low risk of worsening, and those with a favorable history once growing has stopped.
If you have a curve in your spine of 25 to 40 degrees and you are still growing, your doctor may recommend that you wear a brace. The purpose of wearing this brace is to keep the curve in your spine from getting worse while you grow.
Surgery is a treatment option used to correct curves in the skeletally mature spine greater than 45 degrees or for spinal curves that haven’t responded to bracing. There are really two goals for scoliosis surgery: to stop a curve from worsening and to correct spinal deformity.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.