Treatment options for dextroscoliosis and other forms of scoliosis include bracing and spinal fusion surgery, explains WebMD. In many cases, doctors simply observe a patient's spinal curvature at regular intervals and do not recommend treatment if the curve is not worsening at a concerning rate, notes Spine-health. Dextroscoliosis is a type of scoliosis in which the spine curves to the right; levoscoliosis is spinal curvature to the left.Continue Reading
Doctors usually recommend bracing for adolescent patients with spinal curvature between 25 and 40 degrees, states WebMD. Surgery is often inadvisable at this age because the patient's spine is still growing. Wearing the brace keeps the spine from curving further and may provide some degree of temporary correction, but bracing does not usually fix the problem permanently. This is because the spine tends to resume its original degree of curvature once the patient stops wearing the brace on a regular basis.
Surgeons typically reserve spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis patients with curvature that exceeds 40 degrees, according to WebMD. The procedure involves insertion of metallic implants that hold the spine in a semi-straight position while a bone graft, which the surgeon also inserts into the spine, works to fuse the bones together in a corrective fashion. The operation does not eliminate all curvature, but it reduces it by a significant amount.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases