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WILL THIS TREATMENT APPROACH GET ME THE RESULTS I AM LOOKING FOR?

Before you can ask this question of your doctor, you have to ask yourself what matters most to you, and what you would most like to get out of treatment. Many people with scoliosis undergo treatment because they want to improve their posture or appearance; others, because they want to prevent things from getting worse down the road. Everyone’s motivations for seeking treatment are unique, and it’s important to understand what yours are.

Once you know what you want, you should have a conversation with your doctor, and ask him if the treatment he or she is recommending is likely to be able to achieve the goals you have. As an example, impairments in lung function are the most common reasons for scoliosis-related work disability. However, even when surgery reduces the Cobb angle, it does not always improve lung function, and bracing can further reduce the ability of the body to breathe in and out. If your scoliosis is causing pain, you want to make sure that your treatment can help to relieve and reduce your suffering. The goal of treatment should be not only to reduce the Cobb angle, but also to provide you with the best possible emotional and physical well-being.

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