Treatment for Scoliosis

Nurse checking back at scoliosis clinic 
Will your teen’s curve get bigger?

There are several factors that will affect whether your teen’s curve will progress. For example, her curve is more likely to increase if she is very young and still growing, especially if she has not yet reached puberty.

Will your teen’s curve need treatment?

The need for treatment depends on the type and size of her curve. In general:

  • If your teen has a small curve of less than 20 degrees, she may only need to be observed over time. She might see a surgeon every six months to check if her curve is getting bigger.
  • If your teen’s curve is medium-sized, between 20 to 50 degrees, she may either be observed over time or treated with a brace. She may only need a brace during her growth spurt and it may be discontinued when she is finished growing. After she is finished growing and the brace is discontinued, she will see the surgeon every six months to check if the curve is getting bigger.
  • If your teen has a larger curve, greater than 50 degrees, she may require surgery. Surgery is done to correct or improve the curve and to keep it from getting bigger. This website will focus on the surgical treatment of scoliosis.

Sandra Donaldson, BA

Andrew Howard, MD, MSc, FRCSC

James Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC