As a parent or loved one of someone with the condition, it can be overwhelming to navigate the treatment options available. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you get ahead of the curve. This condition affects the curvature of the spine and can cause discomfort and even disability if left untreated. In this blog post, we will cover what scoliosis is and the various treatment strategies available for managing it, including options for managing scoliosis-related arthritis. From understanding treatment options to exploring non-surgical options like back braces and the Schroth method, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision for yourself or your loved one. We’ll also introduce you to the ScoliSMART approach which includes genetic testing, Scoliosis Boot Camp, and the ScoliSMART Activity Suit – a clinically proven way to treat scoliosis without surgery. So let’s dive in and explore all the options for scoliosis treatment together.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis refers to an abnormal curvature of the spine, which can affect people of any age and severity levels. Symptoms may include back pain, uneven hips or shoulders, and reduced flexibility. Treatment options vary from exercises and braces to surgery depending on the condition’s severity and types of scoliosis.

Scoliosis Treatment Strategies

Managing the condition involves exploring various treatment options with a healthcare provider. Working with a ScoliSMART doctor can help develop a personalized treatment plan based on medical history and symptoms. Non-surgical options like chiropractic care or wearing back braces could provide relief from back pain caused by a spinal curvature. Regular checkups with an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist can help monitor the progression of the curvature and alignment of vertebrae. Maintaining good posture and regular exercise could also alleviate discomfort associated with the kyphosis condition.

Scoliosis Treatment Strategies

Understanding Treatment Options

Managing the condition involves various treatment options based on its severity. Mild cases can be treated through physical therapy, chiropractic care or braces that need to be worn for many hours every day. Surgery with metal rods and screws could be necessary in severe cases. Be proactive in managing your type of scoliosis to maintain quality of life and avoid complications.

The ScoliSMART Approach

If you’re seeking an alternative to bracing and surgery, consider the ScoliSMART approach. This comprehensive treatment plan focuses on addressing the underlying causes through customized exercises, genetic testing, and nutritional support. Clinical studies show that this approach has been successful in improving scoliosis curvature for patients with different types of curvatures, including neuromuscular scoliosis. If you’re interested in learning more about this approach, speak with your health care provider or an orthopedic surgeon.

Genetic testing for Scoliosis

Identifying the underlying causes is crucial in determining the most effective treatment option. Genetic testing provides a non-invasive approach that involves taking a simple saliva sample and is available worldwide. It is highly recommended for anyone with the condition, particularly those who have a family history of it. This personalized approach helps to avoid any invasive surgeries and ensures better outcomes.

Genetic testing for Scoliosis

Scoliosis Boot Camp

Scoliosis Boot Camp is a program that includes exercises, stretches, and therapies designed to correct spinal curvature and support spine health. It is one of the components of the ScoliSMART approach that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of scoliosis without surgery. By improving posture and reducing pain and discomfort related to curve progression or degenerative scoliosis symptoms like back pain or bad posture in older adults, but it is not appropriate for patients diagnosed with neuromuscular cases like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. The customized exercises and nutritional counseling provided as part of this program can lead to better spinal health outcomes for those suffering from a curved spine.

ScoliSMART Activity Suit

For those seeking non-surgical options for treatment, the ScoliSMART Activity Suit may help alleviate back pain and improve posture by promoting spinal alignment. Utilizing resistance bands and strategically placed pads to provide feedback to the muscles and nervous system, this non-invasive treatment option can complement other treatments like chiropractic adjustments or nutritional support. By addressing underlying causes of the condition, such as poor posture or spinal misalignment, patients may find relief without resorting to surgical intervention. Patients with adult scoliosis may find the ScoliSMART Activity Suit to be a helpful non-surgical treatment option.

ScoliSMART BootCamp

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Non-surgical Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis can be treated non-surgically using various methods that include bracing, physical therapy, electrical stimulation, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. Different types of braces are used to correct spinal curvature in bracing while physical therapy helps to strengthen core muscles and improve posture. Electrical stimulation prevents further curvature of the spine whereas chiropractic care eases the pain related to the condition and enhances mobility. Acupuncture also reduces pain and improves posture while being easy on the body.

Back Braces for Scoliosis

When it comes to treating adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, back braces can prove to be highly beneficial. These braces come in different types and are worn for a specific period based on the severity and location of the curvature. The brace works wonders by putting pressure on the spine that restricts further progression of the curve. Besides adhering strictly to your doctor’s instructions on wearing these braces and attending regular check-ups, a combination of physical therapy and exercise can provide optimum results in reducing the number of hours that the brace needs to be worn.

Explanation of the Schroth Method

The specialized exercise program known as the Schroth method has been designed to treat scoliosis by rectifying one’s spinal posture, while also improving their breathing patterns through a blend of breathing techniques, stretches, and exercises. The best part? This treatment can be adapted according to each individual’s unique curvature pattern, which can be practiced under the guidance of an experienced physical therapist or even at home. Extensive research has shown how this approach can significantly enhance spinal curvature, along with quality of life among patients diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – all without resorting to surgical intervention. If you are diagnosed with scoliosis, it is important to undergo regular physical exams to monitor your condition and ensure that you are receiving the appropriate treatment.

Explanation of the Schroth Method

Conservative Treatment for Scoliosis

For individuals suffering from the condition, conservative options such as exercises, bracing, and chiropractic care are available. Regular spinal stretching exercises and strengthening routines can improve posture and reduce curvature in the spine. Wearing a back brace over a few hours each day or as directed by your healthcare provider can prevent further progression of moderate to severe curves. In addition, chiropractic care may help relieve pain and discomfort associated with the pediatrics condition.

Doctors for Scoliosis Treatment

When looking for options, finding the right doctor is crucial. You should look for an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist who has experience in treating patients. Their approach to treatment and communication style are also important factors to consider. It’s okay to ask questions or get a second opinion before starting treatment. Remember that regular checkups and maintaining good health care practices can help manage symptoms of scoliosis.

Surgical Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

When a curve progresses or becomes severe, surgical treatment may be considered. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis can be stabilized through spinal fusion surgery that attaches metal rods to the vertebrae and fuses them together with bone grafts. The incision required for this surgery is typically very large, and the recovery period after surgery can last up to a year and requires regular checkups to monitor progress and possible complications. It’s essential to discuss all treatment options with your health care provider and orthopedic surgeon before determining the best approach for you.

Explanation of How Scoliosis Surgery Works

Surgery is an option for treating severe or rapidly progressing scoliosis curves. One type of surgery involves fusing vertebrae with metal rods and screws to stabilize the spine; alternatively, metal rods and hooks may be placed along the spine. Though surgery can be helpful in correcting spinal deformities like scoliosis curvatures, it carries certain risks and requires extensive recovery time.

Risks of Scoliosis Surgery and Prevention

While spinal surgery carries risks like nerve damage and spinal cord injury, non-surgical methods like bracing and physical therapy can manage the condition. Regular check-ups and early intervention lessen the need for surgery. To avoid complications from degenerative curves or back pain due to poor posture or spinal curve progression one should seek medical attention. Support group participation helps to cope with the deformity.


Correction and Cosmetic Results

Correcting the curve is helpful for maintaining good posture and avoiding back pain. In severe cases, when the spinal curve reaches over 50 degrees, surgery may be necessary to prevent lung or heart damage in very severe cases (80 degrees or more). While surgeries like spinal fusion and instrumentation carry risks such as complications, physical therapy or bracing can also be effective treatment options for mild curves. Consulting with an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist can help determine the best course of action for a patient’s individual needs.


This is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While there is no cure for the condition, there are many treatment options available to help manage the condition and improve quality of life. The ScoliSMART approach is a comprehensive, non-surgical treatment program that includes genetic testing, physical therapy, and the use of specialized equipment like the ScoliSMART Activity Suit. For those with mild to moderate curves, conservative treatment options like Boot Camps, back braces and the Schroth method may be effective. For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. It’s important to work with doctors who specialize in treating the condition to find the best approach for your individual needs. If you or someone you know has it, don’t wait to seek treatment. Get ahead of the curve and schedule a consultation with a ScoliSMART doctor today.