As you may have already figured out, scoliosis is a very complicated condition to understand, evaluate, and treat. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, Scoliosis affects 2-3 percent of the population, or an estimated 6 to 9 million people in the United States. Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood the primary age of onset being 10-15 years old. The current standard of care for scoliosis is “observation only” or “watch & wait,” which consists only of regular visits to an orthopedic surgeon, where full-spine x-rays are taken consistently to gauge the progress of the patient’s condition. Once an individual has been diagnosed with scoliosis, no treatment is initially prescribed, and no action is immediately taken until the Cobb angle has progressed to 25 degrees. At this point, the recommendation for bracing and surgery is typically the treatment course. Basically, it’s just waiting for the curve to get worse.
It is hard enough to accept a scoliosis diagnosis, but finding out that your child has scoliosis is incredibly upsetting, and heartbreaking. After the series of x-rays, a hard brace known as a ‘Boston Brace’ which is worn almost all the time can be prescribed. This can have both physical and psychological overtones for the patient, especially younger patients, and therefore compliance is a factor. Wearing of the antiquated scoliosis brace will not help scoliosis. In fact, recent research suggests that a hard brace creates a larger rib hump deformity. The bulk of the information you will find related to Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) on the Internet, supports the use of scoliosis bracing and scoliosis surgery. However, science and long-term research agree that surgery does not cure idiopathic scoliosis, but rather replaces deformity (a flexible, curved spine) with another (a straighter, fused spine). More on why bracing doesn’t work and the different types of scoliosis braces.
If there ever were a time when a patient could benefit most from chiropractic, therapeutic exercise, or non-surgical intervention, it would be during the mild stages of the disease. Best results may be expected before the muscles & tissues of the body have been deformed by overcompensating for the abnormal twisting & bending of the spine. There are also valid concerns regarding the value of the repeated x-rays necessary to monitor scoliosis during this time.
To know more about this you can contact Precision Spine Center. It is our mission to correct scoliosis non-invasively and to educate our patients in self-care to prevent unnecessary scoliosis surgery and deformity.