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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from June 25, 2008
Ask The Experts
Is the Doctor Wrong?
Ask the Experts Question

We just found out that our 14-year-old daughter has scoliosis.  By some bizarre coincidence, my sister just found out that her daughter, who’s also 14, has scoliosis, too.  Their curves are about the same:  my daughter’s is 24º and my niece’s is 25º.

It’s the scoliosis treatments that have me confused:  our doctor said that he would continue to watch my daughter’s curve and that it is highly likely it will get worse.  He said the next step would be a brace.  But my niece’s doctor said that while they would observe her curve, too, she probably would not need any further treatment.

The girls are the same age, so why is there a difference in treatments?  Is our doctor overly cautious, or does my sister’s doctor not know what he’s talking about?
—Klamath Falls, OR

Ask the Experts Answer

That is an interesting coincidence that the cousins were diagnosed at the same time.  I can see why you would be confused by the varying treatment options for scoliosis, especially since there is probably a lot of scoliosis talk in your family circle now.

Even without knowing the specifics of your daughter’s and your niece’s spines, I have a good idea about why your doctors are giving two different treatment options.  Before I begin that…
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Mary Rodts, DNP, CNP, ONC, FAAN
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Rush College of Nursing
Chicago, IL
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Simple Explanation of Scoliosis Treatments
Especially surgery

Scoliosis is a complex condition, but you can break the treatments into 3 simple categories:

  1. Observation (this issue’s Ask The Experts talks about observation)
  2. Bracing (the Ask The Experts also talks about bracing)
  3. Surgery

The surgical options and procedures are rather complex, though.  Use this handy index of scoliosis surgery articles on SpineUniverse to understand your options.

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Summertime is one of the best times to check your child for scoliosis.

It’s summertime—one of the best times to check your child for scoliosis.  If they could, a lot of kids would live in their swimsuits during the summer…and swimsuits make it so much easier to see their spine’s alignment.

So the next time they’re ready to jump in the pool, take a look at their spine.  Here are a few things to look for:

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