Current traditional treatment is …wait till it gets bad enough for surgery!
When there is a confirmed diagnosis of scoliosis, there are several issues to assess that can help determine treatment options:
- Spinal maturity – is the patient’s spine still growing and changing?
- Degree and extent of curvature – how severe is the curve and how does it affect the patient’s lifestyle?
- Location of the curve – according to some experts, thoracic curves are more likely to progress than curves in other regions of the spine.
- Possibility of curve progression – patients who have large curves prior to their adolescent growth spurts are more likely to experience curve progression.
After these variables are assessed, the following treatment options may be recommended:
Observation > Bracing > Surgery
Up until the creation of the ScoliBrace that was the general treatment plan. The commonly used braces both past and present were to stop the progress, and some even worsened the curvature due to inaccurate science. Or no interventions were made and you were told to wait till it gets bad enough for surgery.
Fortunately the development of the ScoliBrace has shaped the future of bracing ™. This allows both the early intervention and prevention of small curves progressing and the reversal of curves!