How is pediatric and adolescent scoliosis treated?
The treatment for pediatric scoliosis depends on several factors:
- The type of scoliosis.
- The kind and degree of the curve.
- Your family history of scoliosis.
- Your child's age.
- The number of remaining growth years your child has until skeletal maturity.
Most children with scoliosis will have mild cases that only require monitoring every four to six months.
If your child's doctor notices that the spinal curve is getting worse, he or she may prescribe the use of a custom brace to prevent it from progressing even more.
If the brace does not control the spinal curve, or if the curve is severe when the child is first seen, surgery may be necessary. This is usually recommended when the spinal curve is more than 45 degrees. Surgery has been found to be a very effective treatment for severe scoliosis.