Children (Age 8-10)
For patients 8 to 10 years old, again curves are observed unless large or progressing. Again, priority is given to preserving spine and rib cage growth. However, some patients may benefit from bracing, grow constructs, vertebral body stapling, minimally invasive reconstruction, or, rarely, open reconstruction. A simple genetics test using saliva (see Genetics Test for Scoliosis) may help your physician decide the best treatment for your child.