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Scoliosis is not preventable. At this time, we do not understand what causes the condition in the majority of children.
Outlook for Scoliosis
With early screening and detection, most children with scoliosis can be treated to prevent more curvature and often avoid. They can lead normal lives and have the same life span as other healthy people. The prognosis depends more on why the scoliosis occurred. If it occurs because of another disease, the outcome and treatment is related to the other disease rather than to the scoliosis.
Support Groups and Counseling for Scoliosis
You may find more information on the Internet or by contacting the following organizations:
National Scoliosis Foundation
This nonprofit voluntary organization provides pamphlets, a newsletter, and other informational material on childhood and adult scoliosis. The foundation also provides support-group information and lists of doctors in each state who specialize in scoliosis.
The society is a professional organization for orthopedic surgeons interested in scoliosis. It provides pamphlets about the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis. Price information for ordering pamphlets is available from the society. The society also can provide referrals to physicians.
American Physical Therapy Association
To obtain a copy of the American Physical Therapy Association's brochure about scoliosis, you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/12/2016
Jason C Eck, DO, MS
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