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Diagnosing Scoliosis

Discovering that you have scoliosis can feel scary, but a curve in your back doesn't define you. You may be dealing with a brace, an upcoming surgery or just the unknown. You have questions, and we have answers.

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Recommended for curves less than 25º to 30º or people who have stopped growing and have curves that aren't changing or causing problems. Many kids have curves that will never progress past 25ºor 30º and will never need to wear a brace. X-ray evaluations occur every 4 to 6 months so doctors can determine whether bracing is necessary. Observations may continue for years—with doctor visits reduced to every year or every few years—to ensure your scoliosis doesn't progress into adulthood.

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Recommended for curves larger than 25º, but smaller than 45º to 50º in someone who is still growing.

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Recommended for people with curves usually greater than 45º or 50º and/or who are at high risk of continued worsening even after they are finished growing. Curves that grow very large may cause pain, limit certain body functions and cause difficulty or discomfort in breathing. Surgery is almost always a family decision, one that you and your family or guardians will make based on how you feel.

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Living with Scoliosis

Review some of the most common questions about living with scoliosis

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New & Emerging Technologies

The website is ever evolving to offer the latest information on Emerging Technologies in Spinal Care hot topic interventions that may have little medical data available. It's designed to inform and present the science in an approachable way so it can be considered by parents and families.

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