Treatments for Scoliosis
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The treatment and management of scoliosis involves bracing or surgery. Scoliosis is monitored regularly and carefully to evaluate progression of the curvature. Treatment is usually reserved for curvatures greater than 20°, while surgery is usually recommended for curvatures greater than 50°.
The goals of treatment for scoliosis include:
- Good cosmetic outcome
- Avoidance of complications in adulthood, such as lung disease due to restriction of a deformed chest cavity
Treatment involves the following:
At this time, there are no medications for the treatment of scoliosis.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aaos.org/ .
Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics. 10th ed. Mosby; 2003.
Scoliosis Research Society website. Available at: http://www.srs.org/ .
Last reviewed August 2008 by ]]>Robert E. Leach, MD]]>
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