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For mild cases of scoliosis, some pediatricians and orthopedics follow a “wait and watch” approach.

While the observation approach may seem like a passive approach to scoliosis management, it is important to understand why it is discouraged in many cases.

Here are some reasons:

Progression Risk:

Scoliosis is a progressive condition, especially during periods of rapid growth. Without intervention, the curvature can worsen over time, leading to potential health complications and the need for more invasive treatments.

Psychological Impact:

Leaving scoliosis untreated can have a significant psychological impact on children. Body image concerns, self-esteem issues, and social challenges may arise due to visible spinal deformity.

Missed Treatment Opportunities

Early intervention with non-surgical methods, such as bracing and exercise, can significantly reduce the risk of progression and the need for surgical intervention in the future.