Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Alternative treatments to prevent further curve progression like chiropractic medicine and yoga have not demonstrated any scientific value in treating scoliosis. However, these and other meth-ods may provide some physical benefit to the patient (., core strengthening and symptom re-lief). Physiotherapy scoliosis-specific exercises are increasingly used in conjunction with bracing in the treatment of progressive idiopathic scoliosis. The combination of the 2 may offer ad-vantages over more simplified treatment plans. Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) supports pilot research studies for the role of exercises in scoliosis treatment.