Scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, is typically so mild that treatment is only required in a minority of cases. If your child is in that minority, though, it’s normal to feel uncertain about your next steps.
Here are answers to three of the most common concerns parents have about scoliosis treatment for their child.
1. Will My Child Need to Wear a Brace?
Most children with scoliosis won’t need a brace. In mild cases of scoliosis, your child’s spine doctor may suggest a “wait and see” approach with frequent checkups (every six months) to simply monitor advancement.
However, if monitoring does indicate signs of significant curve progression, bracing remains one of the first scoliosis treatment options typically recommended by back doctors.
2. Does My Child Need Scoliosis Surgery?
Like bracing, most children with scoliosis won’t require spine surgery. However, while minimally invasive scoliosis treatments may help slow the progression of the condition, scoliosis surgery remains the only treatment option that helps straighten the spine.
3. What’s the Best Scoliosis Treatment?
There’s no single answer to this question that works for every patient, only the answer of what the best scoliosis treatment is for your child. The most effective treatment option is one that takes into account the different variables in your child’s age, anatomy, goals and lifestyle. And of course, your child’s doctor will also evaluate the severity of spine curvature before recommending a customized plan for your child’s scoliosis treatment.