Fix scoliosis is sharpening its focus to scoliosis treatment exercises and rehabilitation believing that the solution and potential future cure for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis would lie within this arena.
The current medical model for idiopathic scoliosis is faulty and we need to find a better way.
The practice of “wait and see” for mild scoliosis cases needs to be replaced with active care and treatment methods that are effective in preventing these mild scoliosis curves to progress any further. I believe an exercise based treatment is the solution.
For moderate scoliosis, the current treatment with bracing seems to produce dismal results in preventing further progression. Although a few scoliosis brace models exist that can produce corrective changes at times and some doctors are exploring combing exercise treatment with night time bracing to improve the outcomes. Other scoliosis doctors are reporting cases that have responded very well to exercise based treatments alone and we hope to see more of them.
Severe scoliosis treatment is traditionally limited to scoliosis fusion surgery. Unfortunately there exist no long-term studies providing evidence that the hypothesis that scoliosis fusion surgery is better than natural history. Although scoliosis surgery can improve cosmetic appearance there is currently no literature available stating medical necessity for surgery in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
With severe scoliosis, treatment with exercises and rehabilitation protocols has shown corrective improvements too. But with curves reaching 70 to 100 degrees Cobb angle and at times even above, patients may choose to go with surgery due to the improved cosmetic outcome, but they should first carefully consider the risk.
Considering that latest research seems to be pointing that Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis having a neurological cause / etiology, an exercise based treatment approach appears to be the candidate for being the best scoliosis treatment for all idiopathic scoliosis patients.
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