New Scoliosis Treatment Offers Alternative to Scoliosis Surgery

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Studies prove that this new scoliosis treatment shows dramatic results comparatively to the 'barbaric' method of surgery.
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beba saba

Compton, CA

#1 Feb 1, 2008
Hi my name is Beba Saba. Im 16 years old and I have Scoliosis. I go to a doctor from Kasiar Permanante and He's told me many times that i need to recieve surgery, finally this year I am planning on doing it but i am looking for an alternative. I mean you cant really tell i have Scoliosis.. and I really dont want the surgery to affect the rest of my life. Please call me!
mystic rain

Ogden, UT

#2 Nov 11, 2008
Hi Beba. I'm fifteen years old and also have scoliosis. I am only at twenty degree's though from the last time I checked. My sister who is now nineteen, had to have surgery when thirteen, and was glad she did. It doesn't effect her life except for no cheerleading. So, it would make you more comfortable.

I have heard from my doctor that Dr. Brown who has moved from Salt Lake and another doctor are working on a laser surgery. You can probably look that up and see if it has been accomplished yet.

Since: Jul 07

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

#3 Nov 11, 2008
Not sure how often either of you check here, but most cases of scoliosis are what is called functional scoliosis ... meaning the curvature is caused by muscle tone on one side of the spine being higher than on the other.

Check for an upper cervical doctor in your area for an alternative to surgery. The main area of neurological postural control is driven by the position of your head on the neck, so a misalignment there could very well be the driving cause of your scoliosis.

www.nucca.org

Use the locate-a-doc feature and call for a consultation before booking in for surgery.

Another good place to check would be www.upcspine.com ... plenty of info and patient testimonials on all kinds of conditions which responded while under upper cervical care.

At the very least you'll be informed of another option.
Wisdom

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Nov 12, 2008
Stay away from any chirpractor that treats ALL patients by pushing on only the top vertebrae. These "nucca" and "upper cervical" chiropractors are some of the biggest frauds in "health care".

True scoliosis has little to do with muscle imbalance. Muscel imbalance can almost always be resolved through stretching, exercise and, if necessary, medications. True scoliosis, however, results from abnormal spinal growth development. Sure, muscle tighness or spasm can cause a bending of the spine, usually in the direction of the spasm, but "true" scoliosis would be the cause, not the result of such spasm.

Remember, chiropractors depend on testimonials as "evidence". That should be your first tip-off that they are trying to con you.

Save your money and see a board certified orthopedist or, better yet, a board certified physiatrist.

One thing's for sure, stay away from any chiropractor who claims he can treat true scoliosis by pushing on the top vertebrae. Its a dog and pony show, pure and simple.

Don't be scammed!

Since: Jul 07

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

#5 Nov 14, 2008
Yeah ... you could listen to me, a person willing to share their credentials and explain myself.

Or ... you could listen to someone who (if you read ANY of his other posts around here) has a vendetta against chiropractic and a penchant for diapers and exposing himself.

Your call. I'm just providing an option for you to consider. Whizdip here is the one telling you what to do.
Wisdom

Asbury Park, NJ

#6 Nov 15, 2008
Right nucca nut.

One can believe me, who points out the obvious. Whose "opinions" are line with the scientific and medical community, or one can believe a chiropractor who promotes a bizarre treatment method. A treatment based on the crazy belief that ALL disease is somehow caused by the most minute misalignment of the top vertebrae.

Ys, some desperate people will try anything. And that depseration is what you chiropractors depend on.

Its sick. You need to stop.

Your diaper is full.....empty it.
Kayla

United States

#7 Jan 7, 2009
i'm 16 and known i've had scoliosis since i was in 6th grade, about 5 years ago. i was told i'd need surgery, but i didn't want to right away, since i was scared. I want to know if there are ways to help fix it by exercising or things. will i grow stilly having it? once i stop growing,will it get worse? can you die from it? i want to know, because i plan on getting it done within the next year. please give me info. i'm so scared.

Since: Jul 07

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

#8 Jan 8, 2009
Kayla,

The vast majority of scoliosis cases are functional - meaning not a result of a structural abnormality in the spine. That means that stretching and exercise can help you slow the progression and even potentially correct it to some extent, but see my above comments regarding upper cervical misalignments and posture as well.

Some scolioses are self-limiting ... meaning that your body distorts to a certain level, then stabilizes and doesn't get worse - however the curves rarely self-correct either, so it's not something that will just go away on it's own.

You won't directly die from scoliosis (which simply means a curvature of the spine), but it can affect the functioning of your internal organs and nervous system if it gets severe enough which in turn can result in various health issues as you age.

You are right to try and find other alternatives before attempting any surgery, as the success rates on most back surgeries are fairly low and complications can be quite severe. It may get to the point where you actually DO require surgery and then it's better than nothing - but I don't think that will be the case for you.

Check out the sites that I posted above and do some searching around for information on the web about various treatments. Knowledge about the condition and the various treatments is going to be your best tool for making decisions on it.
consumer

Davenport, IA

#9 Jan 8, 2009
you could find a chiropractor in your area that practices Pettibon; they primarly focus on correcting spinal curvature, postural control and various types of phys therapy... give it a try.
consumer

Davenport, IA

#10 Jan 8, 2009
Also do you know the severity of your curvature, how many degrees and how much axial rotation you have… if it is confined to your thoracic or does it incorporate your lumbers. I bet one of these chiropractors could give you recommendations and where to look for other opinions
Shelly

Plant City, FL

#12 Dec 29, 2010
Hello, my name is Shelly, i am 35 years old, and have what tehy said wwas to be severe scoliosis when I was 21 yrs old. The surger was recomended, and I was scheduled to have it when I was around 23 or so, and I got scared and pulled out of it 2 weeks before teh actual surgery date. My spine has since moved a more considerable amount,I am in chronic pain everyday but remain fully functional for the most part, I work out everday, and find that Yoga makes me painless for days at a time when done regularly. I am reconsidering the possibility of surgery, but was wondering if maybe at my age, if it was possibly to late. I have to say the idea of back surgery does not excite me. I have heard and briefly seen the option of "laser surgery" for this particular disease, can you please tell me teh success rate of this surgery, recovery time, and what your opinions and recomendations are for this type of option? please let me know, i would greatly appreciate it. thank you. Shelly
KTTT

Sea Cliff, NY

#13 May 2, 2011
Nucca Chiro wrote:
Kayla,
The vast majority of scoliosis cases are functional - meaning not a result of a structural abnormality in the spine. That means that stretching and exercise can help you slow the progression and even potentially correct it to some extent, but see my above comments regarding upper cervical misalignments and posture as well.
Some scolioses are self-limiting ... meaning that your body distorts to a certain level, then stabilizes and doesn't get worse - however the curves rarely self-correct either, so it's not something that will just go away on it's own.
You won't directly die from scoliosis (which simply means a curvature of the spine), but it can affect the functioning of your internal organs and nervous system if it gets severe enough which in turn can result in various health issues as you age.
You are right to try and find other alternatives before attempting any surgery, as the success rates on most back surgeries are fairly low and complications can be quite severe. It may get to the point where you actually DO require surgery and then it's better than nothing - but I don't think that will be the case for you.
Check out the sites that I posted above and do some searching around for information on the web about various treatments. Knowledge about the condition and the various treatments is going to be your best tool for making decisions on it.
Dont be scared, I am 22 years old and I had back surgery when I was 13. My curve was at 52 degrees when I had to get the surgery, prior to that I wore a back brase for three years.

As soon as I was told I needed the surgery I was very upset and scared but right away my family and I started looking for the best doctors and I am so happy that I went through with it. I am perfectly normal and capable of doing all ativities besides things with heavy lifting with the back such as shoveling snow. My surgeon's name is Dr. Baron S Lonner and I would reccomend him to any one, not only was the surgery a great success I rarely ever have back pain and the scar is so thin and barely noticable.

For the most part, as you get older the curve will get worse until you stop your growth spurt so if a doctor tells you thatb you need surgery then I would get it done as soon as possible because when you are young you are able to heal a lot quicker then when you get older. I am a very happy and healthy 22 year old and I am very happy I went through with the surgery so yes I do reccomend it.
snappy2

Chicago, IL

#14 May 24, 2011
NUCCA doctors are fantastic,it really does start with getting the top of the spine in alignment. subluxation. of course it's common sense and no medicines involved.. That's why you don't hear of it often because the FDA doesn't get anyting out of it. Always go natural.. balance of frame starts from the top down. Your messages from your brain need a straight path to follow.
Corrine

Sun City Center, FL

#15 Sep 19, 2011
I work for the National Awareness Campaign for Upper Cervical Care. I am a patient and I promote the work that Upper Cervical doctors do, NUCCA as well as the other techniques that correct the alignment of the top bone in the spine - the Atlas. My good friend who founded this organization, Louella Harris, has scoliosis, and even as an adult saw incredible results from the procedure which is non-invasive. There is hope for you that does not include surgery. Do the research yourself, google "upper cervical scoliosis." Below is just one article I found on the subject. If you have scoliosis and are blessed to have one of these spine specialists in your area, please try it. If you have any questions my email is nacucc@gmail.com.

http://spinalalignment.com/2010/10/30/scolios...
Wisdom

Williston Park, NY

#16 Sep 19, 2011
Stop the baloney ms. corrine. Stop scamming people with your promotion of bizarre treatments like nucca, hio and other "upper cervical chiropractic scams".

While mild spinal manipulation may provide some temporary relief from scoliosis. There is NO evidence that chiropractic can straighten scoliotic spines. NONE.

These chiropractors who promote such crap should be thrown in jail for preying on innocent and desperate people.

The time has come to empty the chiropractic diaper. Too many people have already been ripped off.
Amanda

Largo, FL

#17 Sep 26, 2011
I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 14 years old. I went to the amazing Shriner's Hospital in Tampa until I was 19. They wanted me to have a spinal fusion, but I was not ready. I am glad I did not, because the metal they used 10 years ago is being rejected by a large amount of patients and they have had to have multiple surgeries to correct the problems. I have to agree that scoliosis patients should not go see Chiropractors. I have no personal vendetta against them, I am just intelligent. I have seen more than 7 surgeons, spinal and orthopedic, and they all say the same thing. Never see a chiropractor. Sadly, it is not an exact science. There is no proven method that is guaranteed to work. There is a lot of evidence that it doesn't work and can also cause permanent irreversible damage, and in a few cases death.

Pilates has changed my life. I went to physical therapy for a couple years and my therapist introduced me to pilates. It has helped me strengthen the muscles in my torso to allow more stability in my "trunk" so I have less pain and discomfort. Also, working out on an exercise ball helps to strengthen your torso as well.

I have a double major curve, I am 26 years old. Top curve is 54 degrees and the bottom curve is 42. No offense to the chiropractors, but I trust actual doctors who are board certified more than a "doctor" who isn't allowed to carry the M.D. title or prescribe medication. I am sorry, but I have done DAYS of research and it doesn't look good for the chiros. There is no standard across the board the way there is for M.D.'s, the entrance requirements are set by the individual institutions, there is no guaranteed sufficient hands on training. I read testimonials from people who went to chiropractor school after going through pre-med programs, and they said some of the institutions are a complete joke. That the schools and instructors allow cheating, multiple re-takes on the test, there is no entrance exam like the MSAT that they all must pass across the nation. They are quacks, I'm sorry but that's what it comes down to. No amount of "adjustments" can correct or fix scoliosis, if they could, Shriner's hospital and spinal surgeons wouldn't have jobs.

If a doctor is recommending surgery, get a second opinion. This could be life and death, or walking or not walking. Try physical therapy, pilates, strength training of the torso NO IMPACT exercises. Do not lift heavy weights. DON'T RUN EVER! I used to run long distance and have sadly negatively impacted my scoliosis in doing so.

Good luck!
Henrik

Täby, Sweden

#18 Sep 27, 2011
Stop "wisdom" from spamming here!
Wisdom

Williston Park, NY

#19 Sep 27, 2011
Amanda, good advice. Chiropractors get very little actual clinical experience in examining, diagnosing and treating scoliotic patients with significant curves. That said, can mild manipulation help relieve some stiffness? It might.

See a board certified physiatrist or osteopath first.
Wisdom

AOL

#20 Sep 27, 2011
And Amanda, please see a chiropractor who uses the Gonstead or Diversified method of chiropractic.
That 'wisdom' imposter has been posting under my name for a long time. He's a creep. Don't listen to him. He's not a doctor of any kind and has no clinical experience. The 'wisdom' from NJ is an imposter. His impersonating me is very obnoxious.
Trish Wayne

Roosevelt, Philippines

#21 Oct 6, 2011
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