Search MyHealth

Treatments for Scoliosis

Your Treatment Begins Here

When treating scoliosis, our goal is to straighten your spine and prevent further curvature. Treatment depends on two factors: if you’re still growing and your spinal curve measurement. Your doctor will identify the curve degree using X-ray images.

Curves less than 25 degrees may require observation and repeated exams. Bracing is a great intermittent step for curves less than 45 degrees. If your spinal curve is 45 degrees or greater, surgery is suggested. It helps slow curve progression and potential physical malformation.

Through lifestyle modifications and other methods, we’ll develop a treatment plan based on your curve and preferences.

Treatments We Provide

  • Orthopedic Braces

    Bracing is useful with curvatures that are more than 25 degrees and less than 45 degrees. The type and amount of time using a brace depends on the severity of your curve.

  • Spinal Fusion From the Back

    An incision is made the length of the upper to middle back. Your surgeon will add rods to reduce curvature and add bone from either your spine, hip or collar bone to begin fusing bones together. Fusion usually takes three to six months. Depending on the severity of the curve, you may need additional surgery before a spinal fusion.

  • Spinal Fusion From the Front

    If feasible, this procedure is a preferred approach to spinal fusion. On the front of your body, an incision is made at the rib, giving your surgeon the best view for middle to lower back spinal fusions. Discs are removed to loosen the spine. Instruments like rods and screws, as well as bone, are added to allow the spine to fuse together. Fusion takes from three to 12 months to be complete.

  • Spine Care Rehabilitation

    When dealing with back and neck pain, it’s important to start with conservative care, such as physical therapy. Spectrum Health has a Spine and Pain Management Center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.