Treatment other than surgery for scoliosis includes:
- Observation. In a child who is still growing, a mild spinal curve may require only regular checkups every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse.
- Wearing a brace. Bracing (orthotic) treatment may be used for a child who has a moderate curve. Bracing may prevent the curve from getting worse as the child grows. Brace treatment is usually continued until the skeleton stops growing.
There is no evidence that corrective exercises, electrical stimulation, or chiropractic manipulation are effective treatments for scoliosis.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)|
|6300 North River Road|
|Rosemont, IL 60018-4262|
|Phone: ||1-800-346-AAOS (1-800-346-2267)|
|Fax: ||(847) 823-8125|
|Web Address: ||www.orthoinfo.aaos.org|
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) provides information and education to raise the public's awareness of musculoskeletal conditions, with an emphasis on preventive measures. The AAOS website contains information on orthopedic conditions and treatments, injury prevention, and wellness and exercise.
|KidsHealth for Parents, Children, and Teens|
|10140 Centurion Parkway North|
|Jacksonville, FL 32256|
|Phone: ||(904) 697-4100|
|Fax: ||(904) 697-4220|
|Web Address: ||www.kidshealth.org|
This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has a wide range of information about children's health, from allergies and diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.
|National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health |
|1 AMS Circle|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-3675|
|Phone: ||1-877-22-NIAMS (1-877-226-4267) toll-free|
|Phone: ||(301) 495-4484|
|Fax: ||(301) 718-6366|
|TDD: ||(301) 565-2966|
|Web Address: ||www.niams.nih.gov|
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is a governmental institute that serves the public and health professionals by providing information, locating other information sources, and participating in a national federal database of health information. NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and supports the training of scientists to carry out this research.
The NIAMS website provides health information referrals to the NIAMS Clearinghouse, which has information packages about diseases.
|Scoliosis Research Society|
|555 East Wells Street|
|Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823|
|Phone: ||(414) 289-9107|
|Fax: ||(414) 276-3349|
|Web Address: ||www.srs.org |
The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) fosters optimal care for people with any disorder that may affect the shape, alignment, or function of the spine. The SRS accomplishes this through education, research, advocacy, and ethical practice.