Individuals with scoliosis have a curvature of the spine in a rotational and saggital translation. Options for treatment include conservative therapy with bracing, physical therapy and, where needed, surgery for progressive scoliosis will be considered.
Individuals need to be followed by a doctor to determine whether the curve is progressive. If the curve is progressive and not able to be controlled with conservative measures (including exercise and bracing), then surgery becomes the treatment of choice.
Surgery can be done posteriorly or anteriorly through the thoracic and lumbar cavities with care taken to minimize the amount of vertebrae fused. Additionally, proper balance is very important so that the individual has a good cosmetic result.
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