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To help diagnose scoliosis in children and adults your GP may order an X-ray or MRI scan. In some cases a CT scan may be needed.

How is scoliosis corrected?

Your GP may refer you to a consultant with special interest in the spine.

Treatment of children with scoliosis can be observation only as the condition often corrects itself as the child grows. Regular x-rays will confirm any changes in the spine.

In more severe cases a body cast or a brace may be used for a period of time to guide the spine back into its correct position.

In adults, treatment may include prescription pain killers, anti-inflammatory medication or nerve blocks to temporarily ease the pain. Exercise and physiotherapy treatments may also relieve your symptoms. Braces can be used to provide extra support but they do not correct any curve in the spine in adult patients.

In cases of a severe or an increasing curve of the spine, or when pain levels are not responding to more conservative treatments your consultant may recommend surgery. Spinal decompression or spinal fusion are two options for correction of scoliosis.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Overall rating Good
Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
Overall rating View rating
Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
Overall rating Good
Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
Overall rating Good
York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
Overall rating Good

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