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What are the treatments for scoliosis?
Contrary to popular belief, surgery is not prescribed to patients in the majority of cases.
Treatment tends to vary depending on the age of the patient and how severe the condition is.
Often, babies and toddlers won’t need treatment as there is a possibility that the scoliosis may improve with time.
Fitting them with a brace or plaster cast can also prevent the spinal irregularity from worsening.
Older children may be prescribed a surgery to straighten out the spine – an operation that tends to be carried out after they stop growing.
Very occasionally, adult patients will be advised to have an op.
But in the majority of cases, they are prescribed pain relief medication and spinal injections.