As scoliosis is a progressive and incurable condition, the unfortunate truth is that no one can permanently ‘fix’ scoliosis. The positive side of that is while we can’t cure it, we can most certainly treat and manage it effectively. There are two main treatment paths a person can take, and as a scoliosis-specific chiropractor, I can offer patients a more natural and less invasive approach.
Before we talk about the benefits of choosing a chiropractor, let’s spend a little time understanding the shortfalls of the traditional treatment path.
Before the conservative approach gained respect and popularity by producing enough impressive treatment results, patients had a dominant approach they were recommended to follow: the traditional approach.
I sometimes refer to the traditional approach as the watch-and-wait approach because the first steps on the treatment path are more reactive than proactive.
In a typical case of a 12-year-old girl first getting diagnosed with mild scoliosis, if she was seeking out traditional treatment, she would likely be told that her condition was mild and that they would watch and wait to see if and how fast it progressed.
She would likely be told to come back in three-to-six months for another exam and X-ray. The issue I have with this is we know growth spurts are the biggest trigger for progression, and we also know that as a progressive condition, virtually every condition is going to get worse.
Let’s say that in the time before her next X-ray, that patient has a huge growth spurt that accelerates her scoliosis from mild to moderate; her curvature is now worse as it was left to progress unimpeded.
We also know that there is a strong correlation between conditions treated early on in their progressive line and treatment success.
If that patient had come to see me here at the Scoliosis Reduction Center and I diagnosed her, I would have started treatment immediately: proactive versus reactive.
I don’t wait to see how a condition that I know is going to get worse is going to progress before I start treating it. To me, that is wasting valuable treatment time. This is where our conservative approach differs greatly from the traditional path.
Here at the Center, we start treatment as close to the time of diagnosis as possible. This is beneficial both in terms of treatment and the patient’s experience of that treatment.
Treatment for more severe forms of the condition involves more work and intensity, both for us and the patient. Why not start when the condition is in its mildest form while the treatment experience is likely to be easier for the patient and offer better results.
Conditions are also easier to treat early on because the spine gets more rigid as a curvature gets worse. This means it is less malleable and harder to manipulate.
Scoliosis develops across a wide spectrum of severity and can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. The more severe a condition is, the more likely it is that the patient will experience noticeable symptoms such as postural changes and discomfort; we want to avoid all of this by staying ahead of the curvature by treating it early on, instead of watching and waiting.
Scoliosis is a complex condition for a number of reasons: we don’t fully understand its causation, it ranges greatly in severity, can take on a variety of forms, and no one can tell exactly how much or how fast a condition will progress.
Seeking out help from a general chiropractor will fall short in terms of treatment success. Every patient needs and deserves to find a chiropractor who specializes in scoliosis treatment.
The nature of scoliosis necessitates an integrative approach to treat it effectively. A doctor or chiropractor offering general treatment that is not scoliosis-specific simply won’t have the training, knowledge, or experience to impact a condition as complex as scoliosis.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for scoliosis as each case varies greatly from patient to patient. In fact, I can honestly say in all my years of treating scoliosis, I have never treated two patients in the same way.
Here at the Center, we design a fully customized approach that combines the benefits of multiple disciplines to address the characteristics of each individual patient and their condition.
Even within our chosen treatment disciplines, no one on their own can produce the kind of results that our integrative approach delivers.
Here at the Center, all our treatment forms are scoliosis-specific. We combine chiropractic, therapy, rehabilitation, and corrective bracing.
From a patient’s exam and X-ray, we know everything we need to design an effective treatment plan. We apportion these disciplines accordingly and tweak the plan as we monitor how the spine is responding to treatment.
I perform a number of focused chiropractic adjustments to get the spine to move out of its abnormal curvature, restoring as much of the spine’s healthy curves as possible.
The treatment focus will be on the entire spine and not just the site of scoliosis because even losing one of the spine’s healthy curvatures impacts the biomechanics of the entire spine.
First and foremost, I want to impact the condition on a structural level, and through targeted chiropractic adjustments, we work towards manipulating the curvature to move in the direction we want.
Once I have achieved a curvature reduction, we work towards stabilizing and supporting the spine so that treatment results are sustainable. We augment these results with other forms of treatment such as therapy, rehabilitation, and corrective bracing that complement each other by working together to facilitate the curvature reduction.
Patients are sometimes disappointed that efforts have to be continued from home and with regular chiropractic care even after a reduction has been achieved. As a progressive and incurable condition, a person is never truly rid of their scoliosis.
We work closely with our patients to ensure treatment results are sustainable, and monitoring and regular chiropractic appointments are often part of that sustainability. At-home exercises can also be a big part of maintaining flexibility and adequate muscle support for the spine.
As a scoliosis-specific chiropractor, I know the spine, and I know scoliosis. I know how to treat the underlying condition without the need for medication, injections, and invasive procedures such as spinal-fusion surgery.
Here at the Center, surgery is always the last resort, and no one should consider it without first trying a more natural conservative approach offered by a scoliosis chiropractor.
While no one has the power to ‘fix’ scoliosis in the curative sense, the condition can most certainly be managed and treated effectively, and thankfully, the traditional-treatment route is no longer the only choice.
This is a large part of why I wrote Scoliosis Hope: to empower patients with the knowledge that they have more, and better, treatment choices than ever before.
While some still choose the traditional-treatment path, this is the choice most likely to end in invasive and costly spinal-fusion surgery.
In addition to treatment efficacy, the big benefit to walking a different path with a scoliosis chiropractor is that the approach carries few, if any, side effects or risk factors.
Here at the Scoliosis Reduction Center, all disciplines used to treat our patients are scoliosis-specific. We combine chiropractic, therapy, rehabilitation, and corrective bracing.
Spinal-fusion might be successful strictly in terms of straightening a crooked spine, but that comes at a high cost. There is a significant loss in flexibility, no guarantee that the patient’s scoliosis won’t continue to progress, and a lot of unknowns surrounding hardware longevity and potential long-term side effects.
Once spinal-fusion is done, there is no going back. The only way to address emerging issues is with subsequent surgeries, and that is never a good option.
For those wanting to reduce their scoliosis, lessen related symptoms, and gain empowerment through learning how to manage their condition proactively, a scoliosis chiropractor has the tools and experience to do so.