A person with scoliosis is checked often to check whether the curve is getting worse. Bracing or surgery may be needed. Treatment is done in people with curves greater than 20° to 25°. Surgery is done in people with curves greater than 40° to 50°.

The goals of treatment are:

  • Stopping the curve from getting worse
  • Lessening the curve with surgery
  • Limiting future health problems, such as lung disease due to restriction of a deformed chest cavity

Treatment involves:

SurgeryOther treatments for scoliosis

Medicine cannot treat scoliosis.

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