What Happens if Scoliosis Left Untreated?

Mar 24, 2022

  • Untreated mild/moderate/severe scoliosis may continue to progress. In severe cases, the lung and heart function might be affected. In general, surgery is reserved for patients with progressive scoliosis curves (more than 45 degrees)
  • Some spinal problems might be developed, such as neck pain, back pain, height loss etc
  • Long term emotional impact: Scoliosis can affect someone’s body image/physical appearance. Therefore, some scoliosis patients may have more challenges socializing with peers, feel isolated and suffer from lower self-esteem/depression/anxiety. There is a study (2014) concluded that young patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis suffer stress and general concern more frequently with the increasing age.