Traditional Treatments for Scoliosis

Don’t Undergo a Permanent Procedure Before Natural Methods

Our hope at Precision Spine is that the medical community that has dedicated their lives to helping scoliosis sufferers, will start sharing natural chiropractic options with patients. 

​We use proven, natural treatment methods for treating severe scoliosis. These include specialised equipment, custom treatment plans and protocols. Patients who have had scoliosis surgery in the past can undergo treatment with us, but they should not expect any degree of correction, but rather pain relief and improvement in their daily activities.

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  • Observation
  • Bracing
  • Surgery

Surgery

Costs*: USD$113,000 for the surgery then USD$700+ for after care (cane, brace, physical therapy sessions, etc.)

If bracing fails to stop the progression of scoliosis or a patient’s scoliosis is discovered at a stage that’s severe (curves greater than 40 to 45 degrees and continuing to progress and curves that are greater than 50 degrees), doctors typically recommend surgery as the best form of treatment. We feel that scoliosis surgery should be considered the final resort for fixing idiopathic scoliosis, and that it must only be made if all other non-invasive options have been explored.

The goal of the surgery is to use these rods as a temporary splint to hold the spine in place while the bone fuses together to permanently support the spine. It is also important to note that studies have debunked the belief that a patient’s un-fused regions of the spine will become mobile to compensate for the lack of motion. Finally, removal of the rods that are placed in the back during scoliosis surgery is considered a big surgery so they are often left in place unless they irritate the soft tissue around the spine.

There are two approaches to scoliosis surgery:

Scoliosis surgery from the back of the spine (posterior) - A long incision on the back of the spine is made then the muscles are carved out of the spine to allow the surgeon access to the bony elements in the spine. Screws are inserted and rods are used to reduce the amount of the curvature. Bone is then added by taking bone from either the patient's hip or cadaver bone. The hope is that the bones in the back and the bones added will fuse together. The fusion process usually takes about 3 to 6 months, and can continue for up to a year after surgery.

If a patient has a severe deformity and/or a rigid curvature, then a surgeon may recommend a removal of a disc from the front before undergoing scoliosis surgery. Bone is also added to the space where the disc was removed to allow the bones to fuse together.

Scoliosis surgery from the front (anterior) - Depending on the curve, some surgeries can be done from the front of the body. The incision is made at the front of the body and a rib (usually on the right side) is removed. The diaphragm can be released from the chest wall and spine to give the surgeon access to the thoracic and lumbar spinal vertebral bodies.

Discs are removed to loosen up the spine, then screws and rods are put in place to reduce the curvature. Bone from the patient or a cadaver is added to allow the spine to begin to fuse together. Again, the fusion process usually takes about 3 to 6 months, and can continue for up to a full year.

If anterior surgery is applicable for the patient’s condition, it has several advantages when compared to the posterior approach.

Precision Spine believes that scoliosis surgery should be considered the final resort

While scoliosis surgery techniques have improved, many patients feel that the risks and poor treatment outcomes make this a last resort. Like every invasive surgery, the procedure carries very serious risks (permanent disablement, neurological damage, death, etc.). What makes this procedure more worrying is that hardware failure can happen leaving one or more components of the rod placed inside the body.

Many patients primarily undergo surgery as a cosmetic procedure which ultimately leaves their complex condition untreated. That often results in chronic pain, disfigurement, and even long-term disability.

*Costs are estimated for patients not covered by health insurance by http://health.costhelper.com/scoliosis.html