How do Physicians Treat Scoliosis in Children?
Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored with X-rays, to make sure the curve is not getting worse. Many times the child or teen needs no treatment. Some children will wear a back brace to correct the curve or to make sure it does not get worse. Rarely, others may require surgery to straighten the spine in severe cases.
Dr. Moran says, “It is uncommon for scoliosis to progress to the point where it needs treatment, which is usually physical therapy and bracing. It’s extremely rare for the condition to require surgery.”
A severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest cavity, putting pressure on the lungs. It can also press against the heart, making it more difficult to pump blood through the body. Adults who had scoliosis as teens are more likely to have chronic back pain later in life compared to adults who never had the condition.
Dr. Moran says his work is rewarding because he is able to put children and their parents at ease as they develop scoliosis treatment plans. He says children who require surgery heal quickly and get back to normal quickly.
He says most treatment plans for scoliosis do not involve surgery. He adds, “When surgery is needed, it should be safe, efficient but very rare.”
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