Scoliosis is a term used to describe an unnatural curve of the spine, and it affects more than 3 million Americans every year. It can be present as an abnormality since birth or develop during childhood. Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning their cause is not understood by modern medicine.
The spinal curvature can vary from minor to severe. Minor cases typically do not present with pain nor any complications. On the other hand, severe scoliosis can be dangerous if it places pressure on organs. When determining how scoliosis is treated, one will need to first undergo an evaluation to see how progressed it is. Those with significant curvature usually have surgery. But there may be other options available.
Alternative Scoliosis Treatment Options
Our research into scoliosis has led us to the theory that scoliosis may be caused by a fascia restriction that impedes normal growth. Fascia is also known as connective tissue and has the important role of holding the body together. Until recently, relatively little was known about human connective tissue and its role in the body. Now, we are beginning to understand how tight or damaged fascia can affect the development of scoliosis, and how the role of fascia should inform upon how we treat scoliosis.
Research in this field has uncovered a needle technique that releases the tightened fascia cords and promotes normal growth. In addition, myofascial release is proving an effective therapy for scoliosis pain. If you or your child has spine curvature, seek a second opinion on scoliosis therapy options before undergoing invasive surgery.
Is Surgery Necessary?
Sometimes, the curvature of the spine may be so minor that there isn’t any pain. In these cases, scoliosis treatment aims to prevent the condition from worsening and correct or stabilize the spinal curvature. Therapy can involve exercise programs that use a variety of props such as small bean bags, pipes, poles and wall bars to help straighten the spine. Working to strengthen and lengthen the muscles and connective tissues around the spine can alleviate back pain caused by unbalanced stress, and correct minor curves in the spine.
However, some curvatures are so extreme and debilitating that surgery becomes the necessary treatment program for the spinal deformation. Especially in teenagers who are still growing, a curve of 50 degrees is the cut off for surgical intervention. Before surgery, your doctor should exhaust all non-invasive forms of treatment options for scoliosis, including myofascial release, physical therapy and night/day braces. The success of using braces is limited because scoliosis is caused by internal fascia restricting vertical growth of the spine and external bracing can’t change that.
New, Less Invasive Approaches to Surgery
Fortunately, surgery is rarely required, and when it is necessary, new advancements in scoliosis treatment take less invasive surgical approaches. Instead of operating up and down the back as was previously common, modern approaches go in from the side. A simple incision of only a few inches is all that’s necessary. That is why it is important to work with a doctor who has been trained in the latest surgical approaches. Some still use the old approach, which is not only unnecessary but can be more prone to infections and other surgical complications, and lead to a harder recovery.
Correct Spinal Conditions at our Health and Wellness Center
Are you or a family member suffering from scoliosis? At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we specialize in pain management with an integrative holistic approach to medicine. Our treatment for scoliosis pain will help you manage the condition without using harmful pain medication or invasive surgeries. Talk with us today and find out how a combination of fascial therapy, massage, exercise, and other treatments can help treat your scoliosis without surgery.