If your child or teen has been diagnosed with mild scoliosis and has a spinal curve of less than 25 degrees, it is important that a doctor check the child's spine every 4 to 6 months to see whether the curve is getting worse. Even though most spinal curves do not progress to the point where treatment is necessary, it is important to check for curve progression because early treatment can often stop it.
Impact of scoliosis on a child or teen
Treatment for moderate or severe scoliosis can dramatically impact your child's life. If your child has scoliosis, it is important that your family be sensitive to the difficulty of having scoliosis and wearing a brace. A scoliosis clinic, where other children are being treated, can provide a supportive environment for your child.
Adults who have scoliosis may have back pain. In addition to medication, other steps that help to maintain or promote good health, such as regular exercise and proper back care, may help relieve back pain for some adults.