How to Avoid Scoliosis Surgery

Conventional Treatment to Avoid Scoliosis Surgery

When it comes to how to treat scoliosis without surgery most in the conventional medical arena have very little to offer. The “standard of care” for scoliosis in adolescents is as follows:

Conventional Scoliosis Prescription

  • Watch and Wait – Do nothing until the scoliosis gets bad enough to warrant surgery

Adult Scoliosis Treatment Is primarily related pain the treatment options are even more limited:

  • Learn to live with the pain
  • Pain Medications and Injections
  • Scoliosis Surgery

Most people find these types of scoliosis treatment (or non-treatments) unacceptable so they begin looking for other options. Fortunately, today there are a number of new and effective evidence-based treatments that are quite effective in helping reduce scoliosis curvatures and scoliosis pain.

While conservative treatment of scoliosis has been very limited in the United States, that is not the case in other parts of the world. Many countries around the world have far more advanced forms of scoliosis treatment that is successful at relieving scoliosis related pain.

SOSORTIn fact, the International Scientific Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (aka – SOSORT) has provided a consensus paper that outlines why and how patients with scoliosis should be treated.

Alternative Scoliosis Treatment to Avoid Scoliosis Surgery

The goals for conservative scoliosis treatment are divided into two basic categories:

• Morphological – Improvement in the aesthetic aspects of scoliosis curvatures
• Functional – Improved quality of life, pain relief, psychological well being & reduced disability

The Primary Objectives of any comprehensive conservative scoliosis treatment program for either adolescents or adults should be:

1. Halt the progression of scoliosis curvatures

(in some cases even reduce them) –
While a scoliosis may not be fully eliminated with conservative treatment, it’s progression can be stopped and in many cases the curvatures can be reduced with the right types of corrective movement therapies.

For children this can often help them avoid scoliosis surgery by reducing curvatures under the threshold for surgery (45 degrees) or keeping them from progressing beyond that mark.

This can even be true with adults, as a scoliosis can have an increased tendency to progress at a slow rate of about one degree per year once a curvature passes the threshold of 30 degrees.

2. Improve respiratory function

A scoliosis in the upper back causes a rotation of the spine and an associated distortion of the rib cage which can negatively impact respiratory function and result in a rib prominence on one side of the spine, while compressing the rib cage on the inside of the curve. Learning specific breathing techniques to open up the lungs on the inside of the scoliosis can significantly improve respiratory function and improve the aesthetics of the back and ribs by improving the strength of the specifically weakened muscles on the inside of the curve which help de-rotate the spine and can reduce the curvature.

3. Reduce or eliminate related scoliosis pain

While scoliosis is often asymptomatic in teens, the progressive postural collapse of the scoliosis curvatures due to the forces of gravity over time often results in pain related syndromes, usually involving the spine. Helping specifically correct the specific postural deficits can significantly reduce or eliminate pain and improve function with activities of daily living.

4. Improvement in aesthetics

Postural corrections can also help immensely in improving the overall aesthetics of the body by reducing the effects of the gravitational collapse.

Dr. Brett Diaz, D.C.Dr. Brett Diaz, D.C. is a treating physician at Scoliosis Systems of San Jose, a regional office for Scoliosis Systems located in Campbell California, which specializes in the non-surgical scoliosis treatment that provides a comprehensive therapeutic approach to conservative treatment that can help you avoid scoliosis surgery. This includes corrective movement therapies such as the SpineCor dynamic scoliosis brace and Scrhoth Method scoliosis exercises, Active Release Techniques, Flexion Distraction, Scoliosis Specific Vibrational Therapy, Proprioceptive Treatment, Upper Cervical Specific treatment and custom orthotics and heal lifts.

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