The most common form of scoliosis is the onset, idiopathic condition that has little-known cause. This form usually poses the least risk to the patient’s life and health. Due to the fact that scoliosis is not a virus or infection, it cannot be cured, it can only be treated by experienced and skilled curvature of the spine. The most common and efficient forms of treatment include bracing, casting, and even scoliosis surgery for patients that are older. If scoliosis is discovered in an infant or sometimes a juvenile, casting can sometimes be the correct treatment method.
This is because the bones are young enough that they are still growing and developing and can be “trained” to grow in the correct position. Casting must be applied at a young age to see results and can be a very long process. Bracing is used when the patient is older than an infant but still has bone growth and development to complete. A patient is fitted with a plastic device around their torso that resembles a corset to apply pressure on the spinal curve. Once again, this method teaches the bone the correct direction in which to continue growing.