Scoliosis is a complex spinal condition that ranges widely in severity, which is why the customization of treatment plans is so important. It’s also important that patients understand there are two main treatment approaches to choose between, each offering patients a different potential outcome.
Florida residents looking for Sarasota area scoliosis treatment are only 114 miles and a 2-hour drive away from one of the world’s top scoliosis chiropractors: Dr. Tony Nalda. The Scoliosis Reduction Center, in the Celebration, Orlando area, offers industry-leading non-surgical scoliosis treatment.
Being diagnosed with scoliosis doesn’t have to mean a life of limitations; with proactive treatment, the condition is highly treatable.
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Being diagnosed with scoliosis means a structural spinal condition has developed that involves a loss of the spine’s healthy curves.
The spine’s natural curves make it stronger, more flexible, and better able to absorb and distribute stress from impact and movement.
Scoliosis involves the development of an unnatural sideways spinal curve with rotation and a Cobb angle measurement of at least 10 degrees.
Spinal conditions like scoliosis can affect the entire body and not just the back. The spine gives the body structure, allows us to stand upright and practice good posture, protects important organs, and also works in tandem with the brain to form the body’s central nervous system (CNS).
Scoliosis is also progressive, so having scoliosis means living with a progressive condition that has it in its nature to get worse over time, especially if left untreated or not treated proactively.
Living with scoliosis doesn’t mean a life of limitations; many thrive with the condition, and you can too.
Once a scoliosis diagnosis has been given, the most important decision to be made is how to treat it moving forward.
There are two main scoliosis treatment approaches for patients to choose between, each having its own unique treatment goal and response; traditional treatment is reactive, while modern conservative treatment is proactive.
The former takes a surgical approach, while the latter uses proactive, integrative treatment to address the condition non-surgically.
Fortunately for Florida residents in search of Sarasota area scoliosis treatment, a conservative non-surgical approach, with proven results, is only a 2-hour drive away at Celebration, Orlando’s Scoliosis Reduction Center.
For those who choose a traditional scoliosis treatment approach, a reactive response is characteristic and tends to funnel patients towards spinal fusion surgery.
Scoliosis has been around since ancient times, and the traditional treatment response was the only choice available to patients for many years, but we have since learned that there is another way: a less-invasive method that opts for proactive treatment rather than watching and waiting.
Under traditional treatment, an adolescent diagnosed with mild scoliosis is most likely going to be told that as the condition is mild, it should be monitored for further progression, and this would involve returning at periodic intervals for re-assessment.
Depending on the treatment provider and individual case, a patient can be told to return every 3, 6, or even 12 months.
As a progressive condition, its nature is to get worse, and its main trigger for progression is growth and development, which is why the condition is far more prevalent in children and adolescents.
So for an adolescent in or entering the puberty stage filled with unpredictable growth spurts, you can see how this age group is at risk for rapid-phase progression and can easily have a growth spurt between assessments, causing them to progress rapidly.
The issue with this is that the condition gets more complex and challenging to treat as it progresses, so why not be proactive and start treatment early to try and prevent progression from even occurring?
A traditional response merely observes until, often at the moderate or severe level, traditional bracing is introduced, the most common of which is the Boston brace, which is associated with a number of shortcomings that limit its efficacy.
If bracing proves ineffective and a condition continues to progress past the surgical-level threshold at 40+ degrees, under traditional treatment, this is when a patient becomes a surgical candidate and is commonly funneled towards spinal fusion.
For those who prefer a less-invasive non-surgical approach, Celebration, Orlando’s Dr. Tony Nalda has been delivering impressive results at his scoliosis treatment center: the Scoliosis Reduction Center.
Those in the Sarasota area can access non-surgical scoliosis treatment after a 2-hour drive, which others cross the globe for.
Here at my Center in Orlando, FL, I provide my patients with premium non-surgical scoliosis treatment that strives to preserve as much of the spine’s natural function as possible, which is why a conservative approach is also referred to as a functional and/or a chiropractic-centered approach.
I believe that when a condition is mild is the best time to start treatment, and if a patient is fortunate enough to have achieved early detection and been diagnosed while still mild, there are fewer limits to what we can achieve.
Being proactive is key because efforts need to be made to counteract the condition’s nature from worsening; even a case of mild scoliosis can progress to moderate, severe, or very severe if left untreated or not treated proactively, which is why I want to start treatment as close to the time of diagnosis as possible.
I want to prevent progression, increasing condition severity, escalating symptoms, and the need for more invasive treatment in the future.
By combining multiple treatment disciplines, I can impact a condition on multiple levels and fully customize every treatment plan based on important patient/condition variables: age and ability, condition type, curvature location, and severity.
My patients can take advantage of having access to different forms of treatment, and their benefits, under one roof as I’m trained and certified in many different scoliosis-specific treatment modalities.
By combining condition-specific chiropractic care, in-office therapy, custom-prescribed home exercises, and corrective bracing, I can work towards impacting a condition on every level. First and foremost, I want to impact it on a structural level, which I do with chiropractic adjustments, and once I see those results, a variety of therapies and scoliosis-specific exercises (SSEs) help increase core strength, so the spine is optimally supported and stabilized.
When scoliosis bracing is needed, I opt for the modern ultra-corrective ScoliBrace because it represents the culmination of what we’ve learned about bracing efficacy over the years, and addresses the shortcomings of the traditional Boston brace.
So if you are in the Sarasota, Fl area and are looking for a proactive non-surgical scoliosis treatment plan, Celebration’s Dr. Tony Nalda can customize a treatment plan with the potential to control progression, reduce the curve, and increase core strength for optimal spinal support.
Regardless of patient age or condition severity, the best time to start scoliosis treatment is always now, and this is because of the condition’s progressive nature.
Where a condition is at the time of diagnosis is not indicative of where it will stay, and the only thing that can prevent progression and manage the condition effectively, without surgery, is a proactive treatment that impacts the condition on multiple levels.
While a traditional treatment approach addresses scoliosis with observation, traditional bracing, and spinal fusion surgery, a modern conservative treatment approach addresses the condition proactively by applying multiple forms of treatment starting as close to the time of diagnosis as possible.
By being proactive, there’s hope that progressing to the point of escalating symptoms and needing invasive treatment can be prevented. When successful, conservative treatment can effectively counteract progression while preserving as much natural spinal function as possible and sparing patients from facing the risks associated with an invasive and costly spinal surgery.
If you, or a loved one, in the Sarasota, FL area is interested in accessing the type of treatment that others cross the globe for, don’t hesitate to contact us as only a 2-hour drive and 114 miles stand between you and the Scoliosis Reduction Center.