Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
Standing, long-cassette (scoliosis) X-rays are taken every 6 months as the child grows. If the child has pain, an exercise program is usually recommended.
When the deformity is moderately severe (60°-80°) and the patient remains skeletally immature, brace treatment in conjunction with an exercise program is the recommended treatment. Full time use of a brace (20 hours/day) is usually required initially until maximum correction has been achieved. The brace fit must be regularly evaluated and adjusted to ensure optimal correction. During the last year of treatment prior to skeletal maturity, part time brace wear (12-14 hours/day) may be proposed. Brace wear must be continued for a minimum of 18 months in order to maintain a significant, permanent correction of the deformity (Figure 1).