Untreated, scoliosis often progresses to 45 degrees or more, which is when doctors start recommending surgery. This is extremely frustrating because the same doctors typically suggest you “wait and watch” your child’s mild scoliosis (curves less than 20 degrees) to see if it’s progressing.
ScoliSMART™ doctors never recommend waiting. Early intervention is crucial because scoliosis has a “coil down” effect that skyrockets the chances scoliosis will progress after curves reach 30 degrees. Scoliosis’ pattern of bending and rotation changes and accelerates when a curve exceeds 30 degrees. Like a twisting rubber band, increased torque makes the spinal curve twist and bend even more.