Research suggest that early intervention with more active non-surgical treatments can play an important role in treating scoliosis
One traditional approach to scoliosis has been the “wait and see” method of observation. This often happens when a scoliosis is detected in a young child, but the curve is not large enough to recommend traditional treatments such as hard bracing or surgery.
Physical Therapy and Exercise
Specific scoliosis rehabilitation and exercise programs can play an important role in scoliosis treatment. The development of scoliosis specific programs offer new approaches to scoliosis treatment that are growing in evidence.
Bracing has been used as an early intervention treatment for scoliosis for decades, There are many types of scoliosis braces ranging from soft dynamic braces, to rigid over-corrective braces. .
When required, surgery is an important and often be life changing procedure. Surgery is usually recommended when a scoliotic curve rapidly progresses to a point where it unbalances the spine.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
There is no cure for scoliosis, and all treatment including medical treatments are aimed at managing the condition. Complementary treatment may play an important role in addressing the ongoing health needs of a patient with scoliosis, however there are limitations.