Traditional Scoliosis Treatments

There is no cure for scoliosis, and all treatment including medical treatments are aimed at managing the condition.

Wait and See: This option is often recommended in a young child when a curve is detected but is not a candidate for hard bracing or surgery. This option often leads a scoliosis to be left untreated with the potential for a small curve to worsen during a growing period. It is noted in a study by Lonstein and Carlson (JBJS 1984) that children under the age of 10 who had a 20 degree curve had a 100% progression and that children up to 12 years of age with a 20 degree curve had a 61% progression. Logically, we should apply early intervention instead of “wait and see” with appropriate intervention.  Early Detection + Early Intervention = Better Outcomes

Pediatric childhood scoliosis treatments

Boston Brace: The most common brace utilized is the Boston Brace. The Boston brace is a “stabilizing brace” that uses 3-point pressure to hold the scoliosis in place which unfortunately means that correction is not the goal as much as reducing progression. It is heavy, closes up the back making it more difficult to wear and can often lead to muscle atrophy.

Surgery: Surgery can be a viable and life changing procedure when appropriate. As with all surgeries, there are risks such as having to repeat the procedure, infection, etc. The goal, should always be to prevent/reduce this option as much as possible..if (document.currentScript) {