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Non-operative Treatment for Scoliosis


Several factors are taken into consideration when a recommendation is made for treatment versus "watchful waiting" for scoliosis. These factors include:

  • Patients age in years

  • Bone age (determined by hand and/or elbow x-rays. May be different than age in years)

  • Sex of patient

  • Degree of curvature

  • Location of curve

  • Status of menses or puberty

  • Progression or worsening of curve

  • Readiness of patient and family for treatment

  • Underlying cause of the deformity