Scoliosis is monitored regularly and carefully to evaluate progression of the curvature. The treatment and management of scoliosis may involve bracing or surgery. Treatment is usually reserved for curvatures greater than 20°-25°, while surgery is usually recommended for curvatures greater than 40°-50°.
The goals of treatment for scoliosis include:
- Stopping the progression of scoliosis
- The possibility of lessening the curve with surgery
- Avoidance of complications in adulthood, such as lung disease due to restriction of a deformed chest cavity
Treatment involves the following:SurgeryOther treatments—braces or casting
At this time, there are no medications for the treatment of scoliosis.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD FAAP
- Review Date: 05/2017 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -