Health & Medical Muscles & Bones & Joints Diseases

Nonsurgical Scoliosis Treatments

    What Is Scoliosis?

    • Scoliosis is a deformity of the backbone that causes a noticeable curve when seen from the front, especially when the curvature worsens over time.

    How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?

    • A doctor will check for a family history of scoliosis, examine the body externally to check for asymmetry and may order x-rays. If the spinal curvature becomes worse over time, the doctor will diagnose scoliosis.


    • Modern plastic braces are contoured to the body and are meant to be nearly invisible under clothing. They will not cure scoliosis, but should keep the curvature from progressing further.

    Milwaukee Brace

    • The Milwaukee brace covers the full torso and has a neck ring for curvatures of the upper spine. This type of brace is not in common use today.


    • For minor curvatures, a doctor may recommend simply monitoring the condition over time. Mild scoliosis in some children improves without intervention as they reach adolescence.

    Alternative Therapies

    • According to the Mayo Clinic, chiropractic, massage and muscle-strengthening exercises are not proven to cure scoliosis. However, these alternative therapies may be used in conjunction with proven treatments to reduce pain caused by scoliosis.

Leave a reply