When a patient’s scoliosis progresses into the moderate stage, parents and patients are often confused about the most appropriate next step in scoliosis treatment. Curve progression can be scary, and treatment recommendations are sometimes confusing. Those on the smaller Cobb angle end of moderate scoliosis are usually advised to brace their child (if they still have a significant amount of growth potential), while those on the larger Cobb angle end of moderate scoliosis are often told it is too late to brace and that they might be a “candidate for surgery.” At Scoliosis 3DC℠, it is our goal to help patients avoid scoliosis surgery via our Schroth Best Practice® exercise rehabilitation program and the Cheneau-Gensingen® brace (which addresses moderate and even severe curves).
What is moderate scoliosis?
By definition, moderate scoliosis is a spinal curvature with a 25º – 49º degree Cobb angle measurement.
My child has moderate scoliosis, do they need to wear a brace?
Bracing can be a very helpful tool in halting progression of scoliosis or reducing curvature. Refer to our bracing research page if you are interested in reading about the benefits of bracing. When it comes to bracing, if the child is an adolescent with significant potential for growth, generally we say the earlier the better. Bracing which starts early is most effective. Unlike many other types of braces, the Chêneau-Gensingen® is made to address moderate to severe curves (even 40º and 50º+).
I have back pain and moderate scoliosis. Can the Schroth method help me?
Yes! One of the goals of our exercise rehabilitation program is to relieve pain associated with scoliosis.
What’s the best way to manage a moderate scoliosis?
We believe our two-pronged approach to scoliosis management using the Chêneau-Gensingen® brace and our immersion approach where patients learn several curve-pattern specific exercise techniques according to Schroth Best Practice® are the most effective way to manage scoliosis – anywhere. For compliant patients our results have been consistent and effective. The earlier a family becomes proactive when scoliosis is diagnosed, the better!