Some people benefit from wearing a brace. Your doctor will help you decide if this is a good choice for you.
If the spinal curvature gets too large your doctor may recommend surgery. Doctors often suggest surgery when the curve is around 50 degrees. It is called posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation.
The purpose is to:
Stop the progression of the curve
Stabilize that part of the spine
If the curve is not treated and keeps getting worse, it can cause deformities. These changes can lead to back, lung, and heart problems later in life.
Straightening your spine will also help your balance while sitting. It will allow you to sit comfortably for longer. This can improve your quality of life.
Deciding to have surgery is a big decision. It can be scary for you and your family. This book will help answer your questions about surgery. If you have questions, write them down so you remember to ask your doctor.