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Talking to Your Doctor About Scoliosis
Your child has a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your child's doctor about the personal risk factors and/or experience with scoliosis. By talking openly and regularly with the doctor, you can take an active role in your child's care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your child's doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Child's Risk of Developing Scoliosis:
About Treatment Options:
About Lifestyle Changes:
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Last reviewed November 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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