Scoliosis - Prognosis

The prognosis for a person with scoliosis depends on many factors. One of the most important factors is the age at which scoliosis begins. Another factor is the kind of treatment used and the stage at which it was started. Probably the most important factors of all are those beyond the control of medical science, that is, the unknown factors that produce scoliosis in the first place.

Most cases of mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis need no treatment and do not progress. Untreated severe scoliosis may lead to arthritis of the spine and impair breathing.

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